Mark Munn

in The Mother of the Gods, Athens, and the Tyranny of Asia

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2006 | ISBN: 9780520243491
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520931589 | DOI:

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This concluding chapter discusses the final acceptance and recognition of the Mother of the Gods by the Athenians, despite her Asiatic identity. This fusion of Athenian and Asiatic ideology brought about under the leadership of Alcibiades was the culmination of a process under way at Athens since the Peace of Callias. Such simple equations efface paradoxical contradictions, yet both the equations and the contradictions continue to exist. The object of this study is not to reduce the Mother of the Gods to a single explanation, but to elucidate how both her equations and her contradictions were variously seen, and variously used, across a period when Greeks generally and Athenians especially sought ways of understanding and controlling sovereign power and tyranny.

Keywords: Athenian democracy; Athens; Greece; classical era; history; maternal deities; sovereignty; tyranny

Chapter.  4046 words. 

Subjects: Religion in the Ancient World

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