"This is a splendid book. It contains many revelations and new material on both fundamental and neglected aspects of Greek culture, and a lot of very acute anthropological reflections. General readers will appreciate it, and specialists will enjoy discussing the Redfieldian approach to myth, ritual, and gender. Masterfully written, it takes us on an enchanting tour from Peloponnesus to Athens, from Troy to Sparta, in a grand quest for the 'Locrian strand' that is ours, as much as Greek."--Philippe Borgeaud, University of Geneva, author of "The Cult of Pan in Ancient Greece"
"James Redfield's ability to read symbolical stories and iconographical documents, combined with his interest in economics and social structure, offers an original contribution in a field where the attention of many has been too easily captured by the (well documented) case of Athens. His striking cross-interpretation of the data yields highly valuable, and new, results."--Claude Calame, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris University of Lausanne, author of "Myth and History in Ancient Greece"show more