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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; New Ed edition (8 Feb 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415300665
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415300667
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 12.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 421,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Susan Deacy is a Classicist who is especially interested in ancient Greek gender and sexuality (including sexual violence), and ancient Greek religion and mythology (especially deities). Her other interests include disability studies (including autism and classical mythology) and 18th and 19th-century receptions of classical myth/religion (particularly landscape gardens and domestic interiors). Current projects include: a co-authored book, with Fiona McHardy (*Gendered violence in ancient Greece*, contracted to Bloomsbury), a book on Athena (*A Traitor to her sex? Athena the trickster*, contracted to Oxford University Press) and a textbook on classical mythology (contracted to Routledge). She is the Series Editor of *Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World* which was described in May 2008 as 'uniformly excellent' by Robert Segal in The Times Higher.

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'The amount of information compactly conveyed is exceptional' – Times Higher Education

‘Deacy is to be credited with developing the concept and format for an engaging and informative series. Her book on Athena ably fulfils the aims of this enterprise and is accessible to the general reader because it deals with such a broad range of evidence.’Bryn Mawr Classical Review

'With precision and insight, the author discusses the festivals that honored Athena in the Greek world and the survival of Athena in Christianity. Students and scholars alike will be drawn into the discussion.'CHOICE

"Excellent panorama of the various aspects of Athena’s properties, cults, and reception; a good textbook for students...a very useful introduction to the cult, myths, significance, and later survival of the goddess." -Oxford Bibliographies Online


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Simmons on 8 May 2011
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I'm currently doing a university degree in Classical Studies. My current, final, course is about Greek and Roman mythology and I'm writing an essay about Athena as my final piece of work. This book is excellent - it's not very long but packs in a lot of information, some that I already know and a lot that I don't. It's easy to read and has very quickly turned into my 'bible' - I read it straight through initially but I dip into it a lot as I'm writing my essay. I highly recommend it for Classical Studies students and anyone who has an interest in Athena - in my case both!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By pecheur on 7 Mar 2013
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A top-rate introduction to this important goddess. Essential to anyone interested in the ancient Greek pantheon. A very welcome addition to my library.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maddy on 22 Jun 2013
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This is a really good book for any one who is studying Athena, or any one who wants a better insight.
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One might say that the best thing about this book is that there's no real alternative. But it does give a good account of the goddess, with chapters devoted to origins, relations to other gods, Homer, the Athenian cult, and her worship elsewhere in Greece.

My only reservation is the that that 20% of the pages are, in my opinion, wasted, and that's serious in such a small and over-priced book. We get several pages telling us what each chapter is going to be about, an appendix on Athena in modern literature and art, and a lot of discussion of the opinions of contemporary scholars (and non-scholars, like Bernal and Millett). The full text of the Homeric and Orphic hymns would have been more useful, and only occupied a couple of pages.
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0 of 8 people found the following review helpful By K. M. Burreson on 25 April 2010
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The book was in great condition and I was very pleased with the quickness of the delivery.
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