The Craft of Zeus: Myths of Weaving and Fabric

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The fundamental gesture of weaving in The Craft of Zeus is the interlacing of warp and woof described by Plato in The Statesman--an interweaving signifying the union of opposites. From rituals symbolizing--even fabricating--the cohesion of society to those proposed by oracles as a means of propitiating fortune; from the erotic and marital significance of weaving and the woven robe to the use of weaving as a figure for language and the fabric of the text, this lively and lucid book defines the logic of one of the central concepts in Greek and Roman thought--a concept that has persisted, woof and warp crossing again and again, as the fabric of human history has unfolded.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Epithets Cloaks
53
Nuptial
83
The Prehistory
111
The Metaphor
131
Appendix A Note on Biological Tissue 257
157
Notes
172
Index
219
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John Scheid is Director of Study at the École Pratique des Hautes Études at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris.

Jesper Svenbro is a Fellow at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique Paris.

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