Athene: image and energy

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Penguin Books, 1998 - Social Science - 310 pages
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From the moment Athene sprang full-grown from her father Zeus's head, a new image of the feminine was born to Western consciousness. Starting from a penetrating analysis of the goddess's mythologies and beginnings, Ann Shearer examines how mainstream consciousness, from the early Church Fathers onward, has diluted and even suppressed the original power of the image of Athene. Using an engagingly colloquial tone of voice, she provides easy access to Athene's world, letting each myth stand on its own and allowing readers to come to their Own conclusions about this paradoxical goddess of war and healing. An important resource and guide, with extensive bibliography and endnotes, Athene presents the goddess in all her complexity and magnificence.

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Unlike Lee Hall's recent Athena: A Biography (LJ 4/1/97), which was a lay reader's approach to mythology, Shearer, a Jungian analyst, informs her exploration of Athena's shape-shifting over the course ... Read full review


The Maternal Measure
The Feminine Heritage
Remembering Medusa

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Shearer is a Jungian Analyst

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