The Athenian Adonia In Context: The Adonis Festival As Cultural Practice by Laurialan Reitzammer

The Athenian Adonia In Context: The Adonis Festival As Cultural Practice

byLaurialan Reitzammer

Hardcover | May 11, 2016

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Ancient sources and modern scholars have often represented the Athenian festival of Adonis as a marginal and faintly ridiculous private women’s ritual. Seeds were planted each year in pots and, once sprouted, carried to the rooftops, where women lamented the death of Aphrodite’s youthful consort Adonis. Laurialan Reitzammer resourcefully examines a wide array of surviving evidence about the Adonia, arguing for its symbolic importance in fifth- and fourth-century Athenian culture as an occasion for gendered commentary on mainstream Athenian practices.
            Reitzammer uncovers correlations of the Adonia to Athenian wedding rituals and civic funeral oration and provides illuminating evidence that the festival was a significant cultural template for such diverse works as Aristophanes’ drama Lysistrata and Plato’s dialogue Phaedrus. Her fresh approach is a timely contribution to studies of the ways gender and sexuality intersect with religion and ritual in ancient Greece.

About The Author

Laurialan Reitzammer is an assistant professor of classics at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

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Title:The Athenian Adonia In Context: The Adonis Festival As Cultural PracticeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.87 inPublished:May 11, 2016Publisher:University Of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0299308200

ISBN - 13:9780299308209

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Table of Contents

Abbreviations and References
1 Adonis and the Adonia: Trends in Representation, Ancient and Modern
2 Weddings: Stairway to Heaven
3 Funerals: Aristophanes’s Adôniazousai
4 Philosophy: Gardening for Fun in Plato’s Phaedrus

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“Persuasively reinterprets the Adonia as a ritual that brought Athenian women’s dissenting voices into the public arena to critique male social institutions and values. This innovative work draws on an immense range of ancient sources—literary, documentary, artistic, and material.”—Laura McClure, series editor