The Cult of Divine Birth in Ancient Greece

The Cult of Divine Birth in Ancient Greece


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This book argues that specialized cadres of virgin priestesses in ancient Greece were believed to give birth in miraculous fashion as a means of bringing forth holy political and spiritual leaders.

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  • Hardback | 292 pages
  • 137.16 x 205.74 x 20.32mm | 430.91g
  • 19 May 2009
  • Palgrave MacMillan
  • Basingstoke
  • English
  • New.
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0230614779
  • 9780230614772
  • 1,628,526

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MARGUERITE RIGOGLIOSO is an adjunct instructor at the Dominican University of California, USA.

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'With this pioneering work, Marguerite Rigoglioso has illuminated the coherence and the centrality of the seemingly disparate references to divine parthenogenetic birth in Greek religion. Her insightful study of the priestesshoods of divine birth brings the subject into focus and suggests new scholarly perspectives' -Charlene Spretnak, author of Lost Goddesses of Early Greece

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