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    DescriptionIf you told a woman her sex had a shared, long-lived history with weasels, she might deck you. But those familiar with mythology know better: that the connection between women and weasels is an ancient and favorable one, based in the Greek myth of a midwife who tricked the gods to ease Heracles' birth - and was turned into a weasel by Hera as punishment. Following this story as it is retold over centuries in literature and art, Women and Weasels takes us on a journey through mythology and ancient belief, revising our understanding of myth, heroism, and the status of women and animals in Western culture. Maurizio Bettini recounts and analyzes a variety of key literary and visual moments that highlight the weasel's many attributes. We learn of its legendary sexual and childbearing habits and symbolic association with witchcraft and midwifery, its role as a domestic pet favored by women, and its ability to slip in and out of tight spaces. The weasel, Bettini reveals, is present at many unexpected moments in human history, assisting women in labor and thwarting enemies who might plot their ruin. With a parade of symbolic associations between weasels and women-witches, prostitutes, midwives, sisters-in-law, brides, mothers, and heroes - Bettini brings to life one of the most venerable and enduring myths of Western culture.

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    Women and Weasels
    Mythologies of Birth in Ancient Greece and Rome
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Maurizio Bettini, Translated by Emyln Eisenach
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    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 368
    Width: 183 mm
    Height: 239 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 181 g
    ISBN 13: 9780226044743
    ISBN 10: 0226044742

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    The University of Chicago Press
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    University of Chicago Press
    Publication date
    20 September 2013
    Publication City/Country
    Chicago, IL
    Author Information
    Maurizio Bettini is professor of classical philology at the Universita degli Studi di Siena, Italy, and a regular visiting professor in the Department of Classics at the University of California, Berkeley. Emlyn Eisenach is an independent scholar and translator and the author of Husbands, Wives, and Concubines: Marriage, Family, and Social Order in Sixteenth-Century Verona.