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The Mother of the Gods, Athens, and the Tyranny of AsiaA Study of Sovereignty in Ancient Religion$
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Mark Munn and Michael Rose

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780520243491

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520243491.001.0001

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The Mother of the Gods, Athens, and the Tyranny of Asia

Mark Munn

University of California Press

This concluding chapter discusses the final acceptance and recognition of the Mother of the Gods by the Athenians, despite her Asiatic identity. This fusion of Athenian and Asiatic ideology brought about under the leadership of Alcibiades was the culmination of a process under way at Athens since the Peace of Callias. Such simple equations efface paradoxical contradictions, yet both the equations and the contradictions continue to exist. The object of this study is not to reduce the Mother of the Gods to a single explanation, but to elucidate how both her equations and her contradictions were variously seen, and variously used, across a period when Greeks generally and Athenians especially sought ways of understanding and controlling sovereign power and tyranny.

Keywords:   Athenian democracy, Athens, Greece, classical era, history, maternal deities, sovereignty, tyranny

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