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    DescriptionMedusa, 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 Classical times is explored, culminating in the modern use of Medusa as a symbol of Female Rage and Female Creativity.

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    Solving the Mystery of the Gorgon
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Stephen R. Wilk
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 162 mm
    Height: 243 mm
    Thickness: 22 mm
    Weight: 612 g
    ISBN 13: 9780195124316
    ISBN 10: 0195124316

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DVG
    BIC E4L: CUS
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.7
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3D
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: JFHF
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP090
    Ingram Theme: SEXL/FEMINE
    Ingram Subject Code: SO
    Libri: I-SO
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    BISAC V2.8: SOC011000
    Ingram Theme: CULT/GREECE
    BISAC V2.8: REL072000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15490
    B&T General Subject: 501
    B&T Merchandise Category: POD
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 35
    DC22: 292.13
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002010, LIT004190
    DC22: 292.1/3
    BISAC V2.8: ART015060
    B&T Approval Code: A13283500
    BISAC V2.8: SOC028000
    BIC subject category V2: 3D, 1DVG
    LC classification: BL820.M38 W55 2000
    DC21: 398.450938
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: JBGB
    Illustrations note
    numerous halftones
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Publication date
    20 July 2000
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Senior optical systems engineer
    Review quote
    This is not a boring work ... its oddball trajectory is refreshing ... for those whose gaze Medusa has already transfixed, this book will deepen their fascination. Times Higher Education Supplement