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Cristiana Franco


The figure of the dog is a paradox. As in so many cultures, past and present, the dog in ancient Greece was seen as the animal closest to humans, even as it elicited from them the most negative representations. Still a loaded term today, the word bitch not only signified shamelessness and a lack of self-control, but was also exclusively figured as female. Women and dogs in the Greek imagination were intimately intertwined, and this analysis explores the ancients' complex relationship with both. By analyzing the relationship between humans and dogs as depicted in a vast array of myths, proverbs ... More

Keywords: dogs, metaphors, women, feminine subordination, shamelessness, self-control, humans, myths, animals

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780520273405
Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520273405.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Cristiana Franco, author
University for Foreigners in Siena, Italy