Athene by Ann Shearer
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Images of the Greek goddess Athene tell us something about "the feminine", and so have relevance to our current debates on gender and the nature of women and men. This book traces how the original power of these images (themselves created by male-dominated Greek society, so perhaps already altered from an original archetype) have been watered down and made respectable over the centuries. It also demonstrates particularly how this mattered in the 19th century, when women were beginning to storm male citadels and when a certain version of Athene - as protectress of civic virtues - was widespread. By tracing the relationship of Freud and Jung to the goddess - both interested, yet neither using her image to expand ideas of feminine strengths - it will show how our views of the feminine today are still constrained by those of the founding fathers of depth psychology. Finally, it will look at how Athene, most complex of the Olympian deities, might appear to us today.

About Ann Shearer

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Shearer is a Jungian Analyst
Published July 1, 1997 by Viking Adult. 310 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Shearer unearths some interesting historical tidbits for symbolic touchstones: Florence Nightingale kept a pet owl named Athena, and Freud had a favorite statue of the goddess on his desk (which he described as ``perfect, only that she has lost her spear'').

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More far reaching and less shrill than Lee Hall's recent Athena: A Biography (Forecasts, March 24) Athene offers the modern reader new interpretations of a very old and powerful female figure.

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