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The Mother of the Gods, Athens, and the Tyranny of Asia: A Study of Sovereignty in Ancient Religion

Mark Munn and Michael Rose


Among maternal deities of the Greek pantheon, the Mother of the Gods was a paradox. She is variously described as a devoted mother, a chaste wife, an impassioned lover, and a virgin daughter; she is said to be both foreign and familiar to the Greeks. This study examines how the cult of Mother of the Gods came from Phrygia and Lydia, where she was the mother of tyrants, to Athens, where she protected the laws of the Athenian democracy. Analyzing the divergence of Greek and Asiatic culture at the beginning of the classical era, the book describes how Kybebe, the Lydian goddess who signified fert ... More

Keywords: maternal deities, Greek pantheon, Phrygia, Lydia, Athens, Athenian democracy, classical era, Persian empire, ancient divinities, Aphrodite

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780520243491
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520243491.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Munn, author

Michael Rose, editor