The Athenian Adonia In Context: The Adonis Festival As Cultural Practice by Laurialan ReitzammerThe 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.
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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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Abbreviations and References
Introduction
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
Conclusion
Figures
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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“Uncovers remarkable and unsuspected depths in the works of such figures as Aristophanes and Plato. This is the most compelling and sophisticated study available of any single Athenian ritual and the most challenging to received notions about the wider role of religion in city-state society.”—Richard P. Martin, Stanford University