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By Christine Walde, Ueli Dill

Contributions through revered eu and American students from the sector of classical and spiritual reviews are accrued during this quantity. it's a consultant number of modern examine on myths, the kinds they could take, and their transformation in numerous environments and a while.

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N. 57 below). Second, we have no trace of cult being paid to Phalanx or Arachne in Attica or anywhere else. The first reason is not a hard and fast rule (there are exceptions) and the second reason is an argumentum ex silentio, but the two together make it difficult to imagine our story as a cultic aition. The story looks similar, as I said above, to many of those that Antoninus Liberalis passes down to us from Nicander, Boio and other authors. Polyphante scorns marriage; Aphrodite makes her fall in love with a bear and give birth to cannibalistic giants; eventually, she metamorphoses into a bird called the strix.

She pulls on a strand to move him a bit closer and then he pulls on a strand to bring her a bit closer. They repeat this until their hind-parts meet, and it is in this position that they clumsily mate47. The spider’s web, then, is very different from the cloth under which the new bride lay with her husband, and very different as well from the metaphorical textiles that Plato’s Statesmen-Weavers produce. 45 Fenney (1991) 191–194, Salzman-Mitchell (2005) 135–139, and Johnson (2008) 74–95 argue for the strong negative valence of transformation into an eternally weaving spider in Ovid’s version of the story.

That is, it frees us from such concerns as whether (and how) a particular story was attached to a particular ritual; on what other (non-ritualized) occasions the story might have been conveyed; how that story was related to similar stories; or how a ritual for which we have no aitiological myth might otherwise have been justified61. By this model, the story of Arachne and Phalanx can be allowed to articulate the same concerns as the other cultural products I have examined in this essay without having a direct, formalized connection to any of them.

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