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Larson Jennifer Greek Heroine Cults University of Wisconsin Press 1995Jennifer Larsons extensive knowledge on the subject of ancient women goddesses gods and mythology is very apparent in this book I found the book difficult to read as one would read a novel or even a textbook However I thought that Larsons very detailed and referenced and cross-referenced descriptions of heroine cults would make an excellent reference book This comprehensive book details Greek heroin cults and their place in Greek society from the worship of them to a definition of who could be considered a heroine to stories about them Citing many sources and references Larson gives an unbiased view to the many different theories and interpretations of the evidence found about the heroine cultsLarsons studies have concluded that there were many more heroine cults than history would lead one to believe p 4 She says that in the time of the ancient Greece many individual families or larger extended families worshiped their own heroines that might not be known to other Greek citizens An other reason why heroines might not get much recognition is that they were often paired with a hero and thus overshadowed by him In our discussions in class we too have talked about the fact that women are not as equally represented in history as men are and this seems to be the case for heroines as well as for regular women Since men were writing the histories they wrote about their version of a hero The famous history writers from ancient Greece would undoubtedly consider the traits of a fearless warrior to be the great heroic standard The trials tribulations and wisdom of women would likely not be as interesting to the notable Greek history writers and certainly not considered heroic therefore the many heroine cults would not have been written aboutHeroes may be defined by their courage and military prowess but what makes a heroine in ancient Greek culture
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