9780674005785

The Craft of Zeus

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  • ISBN13:

    9780674005785

  • ISBN10:

    0674005783

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2001-05-16
  • Publisher: Harvard Univ Pr
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Summary

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.

Author Biography

John Scheid is Director of Study at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes Paris. Jesper Svenbro is a Fellow at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris

Table of Contents

Introduction 1(6)
I PEPLOS 7(44)
From the Sixteen Women to the Weaver King: Political Weaving in Greece
9(26)
``Investiture,'' Peplophoria, Lusus Troiae: Political Weaving in Rome
35(16)
II CHLAINA 51(58)
Aphrodite Poikilothronos: Epithets, Cloaks, and Lovers
53(30)
The Marriage of Peleus and Thetis: Nuptial Blankets in Rome
83(26)
III TEXTUS 109(48)
The Cloak of Phaedrus: The Prehistory of the ``Text'' in Greek
111(20)
The Birth of an Ideogram: The Metaphor of the Textus in Latin
131(26)
Appendix A. Note on Biological ``Tissue'' 157(8)
Appendix B. Note on Cosmic ``Weaving'' 165(6)
Notes 171(48)
Index 219

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