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Medusa Author Stephen R. Wilk
ISBN-10 019988773X
Release 2007-11-15
Pages 288
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Medusa, the Gorgon, who turns those who gaze upon her to stone, is one of the most popular and enduring figures of Greek mythology. Long after many other figures from Greek myth have been forgotten, she continues to live in popular culture. In this fascinating study of the legend of Medusa, Stephen R. Wilk begins by refamiliarizing readers with the story through ancient authors and classical artwork, then looks at the interpretations that have been given of the meaning of the myth through the years. A new and original interpretation of the myth is offered, based upon astronomical phenomena. The use of the gorgoneion, the Face of the Gorgon, on shields and on roofing tiles is examined in light of parallels from around the world, and a unique interpretation of the reality behind the gorgoneion is suggested. Finally, the history of the Gorgon since tlassical times is explored, culminating in the modern use of Medusa as a symbol of Female Rage and Female Creativity.


Medusa Author David Leeming
ISBN-10 9781780231334
Release 2013-06-01
Pages 128
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With her repulsive face and head full of living, venomous snakes, Medusa is petrifying—quite literally, since looking directly at her turned people to stone. Ever since Perseus cut off her head and presented it to Athena, she has been a woman of many forms: a dangerous female monster that had to be destroyed, an erotic power that could annihilate men, and, thanks to Freud, a woman whose hair was a nest of terrifying penises that signaled castration. She has been immortalized by artists from Leonardo da Vinci to Salvador Dalí and was the emblem of the Jacobins after the French Revolution. Today, she’s viewed by feminists as a noble victim of patriarchy and used by Versace in the designer’s logo for men’s underwear, haute couture, and exotic dinnerware. She even gives her name to a sushi roll on a Disney resort menu. Why does Medusa continue to have this power to transfix us? David Leeming seeks to answer this question in Medusa, a biography of the mythical creature. Searching for the origins of Medusa’s myth in cultures that predate ancient Greece, Leeming explores how and why the mythical figure of the gorgon has become one of the most important and enduring ideas in human history. From an oil painting by Caravaggio to Clash of the Titans and Dungeons and Dragons, he delves into the many depictions of Medusa, ultimately revealing that her story is a cultural dream that continues to change and develop with each new era. Asking what the evolution of the Medusa myth discloses about our culture and ourselves, this book paints an illuminating portrait of a woman who has never ceased to enthrall.

The Medusa Reader

The Medusa Reader Author Marjorie Garber
ISBN-10 9781136635410
Release 2013-10-11
Pages 288
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Ranging from classical times to pop culture, this collection will appeal to art historians, feminists, classicists, cultural critics, and anyone interested in mythology.

The Story of Medusa

The Story of Medusa Author Susan Swan
ISBN-10 0448419815
Release 1999
Pages 48
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Recounts how the Greek hero Perseus vanquishes the serpent-haired Medusa whose gaze turned people to stone.


Medusa Author Guido Mocafico
ISBN-10 UVA:X030149533
Release 2006
Pages 64
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Edited by Patrick Remy. Essay by Jacqueline Goy.

How the Ray Gun Got Its Zap

How the Ray Gun Got Its Zap Author Stephen R. Wilk
ISBN-10 9780199948017
Release 2013-11
Pages 263
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A collection of engaging essays that discusses odd and unusual topics in optics

Goddess and the Warrior

Goddess and the Warrior Author Nanno Marinatos
ISBN-10 9781134601486
Release 2002-11-01
Pages 176
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First Published in 2004. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Re visioning Medusa

Re visioning Medusa Author Trista Hendren
ISBN-10 1544179650
Release 2017-06-23
Pages 266
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A remarkable collection of essays, poems, and art: by scholars who have researched Her, artists who have envisioned Her, women who have known Her in their personal story, and then also combinations of all those capacities. All have spoken with Her and share something of their communion in this anthology. "The Gorgon Medusa presents herself to us here and now, requiring us to be fully present, to listen deeply-past the noise of accumulated judgments -to the Ancient Wisdom that is our true inheritance. She reminds us of our mortality as the Great Awakener, and encourages us to reclaim whatever has been silenced or diminished within us. We are admonished to have the courage to speak what is true, to trust ourselves to hold her gaze and know we will not be turned to stone." -Joan Marler, excerpt from the Preface Praise for Re-visioning Medusa "This deeply felt, thought and illustrated anthology asks us to imagine, know, feel, and face Medusa. This ancient goddess is not the monster to be slain by a patriarchal hero, but the face of the Earth and of wisdom. The diverse offerings in this wonderful anthology lead readers to knowledge, through study as well as dreams, art, and storytelling. It is a very fine and compelling read and also a glorious guide for getting down to the Earth wisdom so direly needed in these times." -Jane Caputi, Ph.D, Professor, Center for Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Communication & Multimedia, Florida Atlantic University "Gifted Women's Spirituality poets, artists, and scholars create a fascinating portal to open our understanding of Medusa and her powers, to protect and heal, and also to destroy. Medusa's angry fierceness - that opposes social oppression and other violations of the matristic values of community, cooperation, and caring - will find a resonance among spiritually awakening readers for facing the political challenges of today."-Mara Lynn Keller, PhD, Professor of Philosophy, Religion and Women's Spirituality, California Institute of Integral Studies "I welcome Re-visioning Medusa: from Monster to Divine Wisdom wholeheartedly. Medusa unfolds the original vision of the female divine. Calling her a rebel underestimates her power. In short, the symbol of Medusa embodies Goddess Feminism, Activism, and Spirituality. Together with women, Medusa is ever present in the intergalactic journey of the Great Goddess."-Helen Hye-Sook Hwang, Ph.D., author of The Mago Way: Re-discovering Mago, the Great Goddess from East Asia "No better time than now to be Re-visioning Medusa! Let's take her off the shelf, dust her off and embrace her! No more enduring, being docile, being quiet for others comfort. It's time to embrace our strength, our courage, our agency - even our rage!" -Karen Tate, author, speaker, social justice activist and radio show host of Voices of the Sacred Feminine "I am in awe of this powerful anthology! The Re-visioning Medusa Anthology looks at the myth and medicine of Medusa in a whole new light shining her much needed ancient wisdom back into the world. This deeper insight into her stories and magic is a compelling reclaiming of feminine fire. A must read!" - Ara Campbell, The Goddess Circle "Who was the mythical Medusa? The original "nasty woman," ugly and fearsome? Or the inspiring feminist model of a fearless woman daring to speak truth to male power? This fascinating collection both asks and answers this timely question." -Donna Henes, author of The Queen of My Self

Medusa Jones

Medusa Jones Author Ross Collins
ISBN-10 1410407799
Release 2008
Pages 167
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In ancient Greece, Medusa Jones, a gorgon, and her friends, a minotaur and a centaur, are mocked and sneered at by the other Acropolis Academy children whose parents are kings and gods, but when they go on a school camping trip together, the "freaks" become true heroes.

Classic Myths to Read Aloud

Classic Myths to Read Aloud Author William F. Russell
ISBN-10 9780307774439
Release 2010-10-27
Pages 272
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The most complete collection of Greek and Roman myths specially arranged to be read aloud to children aged five to twelve. "Every child deserves this book. Those who do the reading aloud will be enlightened and rewarded, too."--Edwin Newman Line drawings. From the Trade Paperback edition.


Medusa Author Kris Hirschmann
ISBN-10 9781601523198
Release 2011-08
Pages 80
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In the Greek mythological pantheon, the Gorgon Medusa stands a head above all others in her power to terrify. This book gives readers a close-up look at this snake-haired horror. Starting with details about Medusa's history, physical features, and supernatural powers, the text continues with a retelling of the classic myth of Perseus. It then takes a look at some of Medusa's other manifestations in classic art and literature as well as her role in modern pop culture. From fable to film, sculpture to song, the Gorgon continues to work her ancient magic on modern audiences.

Dreams of Distant Shores

Dreams of Distant Shores Author Patricia A. McKillip
ISBN-10 9781616962197
Release 2016-05-16
Pages 288
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Featuring three brand-new stories and an original introduction by Peter S. Beagle, author of The Last Unicorn. Bestselling author Patricia A. McKillip (The Riddle-Master of Hed) is one of the most lyrical writers gracing the fantasy genre. With the debut of her newest work, Dreams of Distant Shores is a true ode to her many talents. Within these pages you will find a youthful artist possessed by both his painting and his muse and seductive travelers from the sea enrapturing distant lovers. The statue of a mermaid comes suddenly to life, and two friends are transfixed by a haunted estate. Fans of McKillip’s ethereal fiction will find much to delight them; those lucky enough to be discovering her work will find much to enchant them.


Athena Author Susan Deacy
ISBN-10 9781134494866
Release 2008-02-19
Pages 200
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In this definitive assessment of the various representations and approaches to Athena, Susan Deacy does what no other has done before and brings all the aspects of this legendary figure into one, outstanding study. A survey of one of the most enduringly popular of ancient deities, the book introduces Athena’s myth, cult and reception, while directing the reader to detailed discussion as and when it is appropriate. Students will find it a great help in their studies, and for the general reader with an interest in the ancient world and for those from related disciplines such as literature, art history and religion, it provides a mine of information and insight into this fascinating classical figure.

The World of Myth

The World of Myth Author David Adams Leeming
ISBN-10 9780199762729
Release 1992-02-27
Pages 384
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Hercules, Zeus, Thor, Gilgamesh--these are the figures that leap to mind when we think of myth. But to David Leeming, myths are more than stories of deities and fantastic beings from non-Christian cultures. Myth is at once the most particular and the most universal feature of civilization, representing common concerns that each society voices in its own idiom. Whether an Egyptian story of creation or the big-bang theory of modern physics, myth is metaphor, mirroring our deepest sense of ourselves in relation to existence itself. Now, in The World of Myth, Leeming provides a sweeping anthology of myths, ranging from ancient Egypt and Greece to the Polynesian islands and modern science. We read stories of great floods from the ancient Babylonians, Hebrews, Chinese, and Mayans; tales of apocalypse from India, the Norse, Christianity, and modern science; myths of the mother goddess from Native American Hopi culture and James Lovelock's Gaia. Leeming has culled myths from Aztec, Greek, African, Australian Aboriginal, Japanese, Moslem, Hittite, Celtic, Chinese, and Persian cultures, offering one of the most wide-ranging collections of what he calls the collective dreams of humanity. More important, he has organized these myths according to a number of themes, comparing and contrasting how various societies have addressed similar concerns, or have told similar stories. In the section on dying gods, for example, both Odin and Jesus sacrifice themselves to renew the world, each dying on a tree. Such traditions, he proposes, may have their roots in societies of the distant past, which would ritually sacrifice their kings to renew the tribe. In The World of Myth, David Leeming takes us on a journey "not through a maze of falsehood but through a marvellous world of metaphor," metaphor for "the story of the relationship between the known and the unknown, both around us and within us." Fantastic, tragic, bizarre, sometimes funny, the myths he presents speak of the most fundamental human experience, a part of what Joseph Campbell called "the wonderful song of the soul's high adventure."

Ovid s Lovers

Ovid s Lovers Author Victoria Rimell
ISBN-10 9780521862196
Release 2006-06-15
Pages 235
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Compelling investigation of the question of the male/female relationship, which is central to Ovid's works.

Mini Myths Brush Your Hair Medusa

Mini Myths  Brush Your Hair  Medusa Author Joan Holub
ISBN-10 9781613127377
Release 2015-03-24
Pages 24
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Medusa refuses to care for her hair, her long locks getting knottier and dirtier with each passing page. Her hair rebellion elicits frozen expressions of shock from her family, but nothing will convince Medusa to brush. Only her hairdresser approaches Medusa with bravery and a blade, successfully solving the problem . . . with a short haircut! All are pleased with this drastic yet adorable solution. Leslie Patricelli’s depictions of this physical comedy bring a lively visual narrative to Joan Holub’s expertly focused text. Includes a summary of the original Medusa’s Wild Hair myth at the end.

100 Characters from Classical Mythology

100 Characters from Classical Mythology Author Malcolm Day
ISBN-10 0733319203
Release 2007
Pages 160
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Mind-expanding and entertaining, this intriguing book charts 100 of the most important characters from Greco-Roman mythology, from the primordial deities to the great gods of Olympus and the shadowy inhabitants of Hades. Addressing universal themes such as love, jealousy, anger, ambition, deceit, and beauty, their stories are as relevant today as they were in ancient times.