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Craft of Zeus: Myths of Weaving and Fabric (John Scheid Jesper Svenbro) Paperback Book, (Harvard University Press, 2001) 9780674005785
Craft of Zeus: Myths of Weaving and Fabric (John Scheid Jesper Svenbro) Paperback Book, (Harvard University Press, 2001) 9780674005785
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Title: The Craft of Zeus: Myths of Weaving and Fabric

Author: Scheid, John Jesper Svenbro

Publisher: Harvard University Press; Publication Date: 2001

Paperback; ISBN: 9780674005785

Volumes: 1; Pages: 240

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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.Table of ContentsIntroduction I Peplos 1 From the Sixteen Women to the Weaver King: Political Weaving in Greece 2 "Investiture," Peplophoria, Lusus Troiae: Political Weaving in Rome II Chlaina 3 Aphrodite Poikilothronos: Epithets, Cloaks, and Lovers 4 The Marriage of Peleus and Thetis: Nuptial Blankets in Rome III Textus 5 The Cloak of Phaedrus: The Prehistory of the "Text" in Greek 6 The Birth of an Ideogram: The Metaphor of the Textus in Latin Appendix A. Note on Biological "Tissue" Appendix B. Note on Cosmic "Weaving" Notes Index
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