The Cult of Divine Birth in Ancient Greece

The Cult of Divine Birth in Ancient Greece


By (author) Marguerite Rigoglioso


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  • Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
  • Format: Hardback | 292 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 206mm x 20mm | 431g
  • Publication date: 19 May 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Basingstoke
  • ISBN 10: 0230614779
  • ISBN 13: 9780230614772
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,613,086

Product description

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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Author information

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

Review quote

'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

Table of contents

A Taxonomy of Divine Birth Priestesshoods Divinity, Birth, and Virginity: The Greek Worldview Athena's Divine Birth Priestesshood Artemis's Divine Birth Priestesshood Hera's Divine Birth Priestesshood The Divine Birth Priestesshood at Dodona The Divine Birth Priestesshood at Delphi Is Virgin Birth Possible? and Other Outrageous Questions