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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 and the Sovereignty of Midas

The Mother of the Gods and the Sovereignty of Midas

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

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520243491.003.0003

This chapter discusses the evidence testifying to the arrival of the Mother of the Gods at Athens, and to her establishment in the building in the agora that became known after her as the Metroon. The narratives that describe the installation of the Mother at Athens indicate that the acceptance of this specifically foreign god took place within the fifth century b.c.e. This chapter presents these narratives, and proceeds to investigate the foreign, and specifically Phrygian, associations of the cult devoted to the Mother of the Gods. It also discusses these topics: the land of Midas, the home of Kybele (the Mother of the Gods), the mother of Midas, sovereignty and the gods of Phyrgia, and the legacy of Midas.

Keywords:   Phyriga, Midas, Kybele, maternal deities, sovereignty, Athens

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