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Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel

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Medusa: Solving the Mystery of the Gorgon


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Medusa, the Gorgon, who turns those who gaze upon her to stone, is one of the most popular and enduring figures of Greek mythology. Long after many other figures from Greek myth have been forgotten, she continues to live in popular culture. In this fascinating study of the legend of Medusa, Stephen R. Wilk begins by refamiliarizing readers with the story through ancient authors and classical artwork, then looks at the interpretations that have been given of the meaning of the myth through the years. A new and original interpretation of the myth is offered, based upon astronomical phenomena. The use of the gorgoneion, the Face of the Gorgon, on shields and on roofing tiles is examined in light of parallels from around the world, and a unique interpretation of the reality behind the gorgoneion is suggested. Finally, the history of the Gorgon since classical times is explored, culminating in the modern use of Medusa as a symbol of Female Rage and Female Creativity.

Table of Contents

Part I: The Mystery

1. The Nature of the Myth

2. The Myth of Perseus and Medusa

3. The Gorgon in Art

4. Parallels from Around the World

5. Explanations

Part II: The Solution

6. Mira and Algol

7. The Surrounding Sky

8. The Face on the Shield

9. Gorgons and Gargoyles

10. What the Gorgon Really Was

11. The Gorgon Today

12. Synthesis





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Wilk, Stephen R.
Oxford University Press, USA
null, Stephen R
Women's Studies
Folklore & Mythology - Mythology
Women's Studies - History
Antiquities & Archaeology
Classical Studies | Classical Mythology
Gender Studies-Womens Studies
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6 x 8.9 x 0.8 in 0.956 lb

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