Sunday, December 21, 2008

A mountain wind falling on oak trees

Artemisnot one girl I think
who looks on the light of the sun
will ever
have wisdom
like this

— 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.
Athenian oil container


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