By David D. Leitao

ISBN-10: 1107017289

ISBN-13: 9781107017283

ISBN-10: 110742349X

ISBN-13: 9781107423497

This booklet strains identical to the pregnant male in Greek literature because it advanced over the process the classical interval. the picture - as deployed in delusion and in metaphor - originated as a illustration of paternity and, through extension, 'authorship' of rules, artistic endeavors, laws, etc. purely later, with its reception in philosophy within the early fourth century, did it additionally turn into the way to determine and negotiate the boundary among the sexes. The ebook considers a couple of vital moments within the evolution of the picture: the masculinist embryological conception of Anaxagoras of Clazomenae and different 5th century pre-Socratics; literary representations of the delivery of Dionysus; the starting place and features of being pregnant as a metaphor in tragedy, comedy and works of a few Sophists; and at last the redeployment of a few of those myths and metaphors in Aristophanes' Assemblywomen and in Plato's Symposium and Theaetetus.

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