|not one girl I think|
who looks on the light of the sun
— Sappho, Fragment 56, in Anne Carson, If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho (2002)
|Worshiping Women: Ritual and Reality in Classical Athens:|
[T]he commanding female deities in the Greek pantheon . . . . [l]ike most gods in most cultures . . . are moody, contradictory personalities, above-it-all in knowledge but quick to play personal politics and intervene in human fate.