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Revealing Antiquity 9

The Craft of Zeus

Myths of Weaving and Fabric

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$34.00 • £26.95 • €30.50

ISBN 9780674005785

Publication: May 2001


240 pages

5-1/4 x 8 inches

Revealing Antiquity


The fundamental gesture of weaving in The Craft of Zeus is the interlacing of warp and woof described by Plato in The Statesman--an interweaving signifying the union of opposites. From rituals symbolizing--even fabricating--the cohesion of society to those proposed by oracles as a means of propitiating fortune; from the erotic and marital significance of weaving and the woven robe to the use of weaving as a figure for language and the fabric of the text, this lively and lucid book defines the logic of one of the central concepts in Greek and Roman thought--a concept that has persisted, woof and warp crossing again and again, as the fabric of human history has unfolded.