product description page

Athenian Adonia in Context : The Adonis Festival As Cultural Practice (Hardcover) (Laurialan Reitzammer)

Athenian Adonia in Context : The Adonis Festival As Cultural Practice (Hardcover) (Laurialan Reitzammer) - image 1 of 1

about this item

Reitzammer brings a new perspective to the Athenian Adonia festival, drawing connections to widespread cultural rituals as well as important surviving works of literature. The material is presented in four thorough chapters, the first chapter discussing representation of the Adonia in contemporary sources through history up to modern scholarship. Themes emphasized include an attitude of dismissiveness, portrayal of the gardens of Adonis, and connections to Eastern myth. Chapter two connects the myth of Adonis to wedding rituals, drawing out parallels in iconography and painting Adonis into a gender ambiguous position of a "bride," potentially giving contemporary women a subversive opportunity for identification. Chapter three then discusses the commentary of Adonia on funeral rituals through elements of lamentation and closure, working from references in Lysistrata and comparisons to the Bacchae. Finally, the author takes the ambitious step of locating in the philosophy of Plato influence from the themes and imagery of the Adonia, forcing the rationality of philosophy nevertheless into frames of ritual and myth. Ultimately the text argues that this ostensibly private ritual in fact was interwoven greatly into Athenian public life. Annotation ©2016 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (
Number of Pages: 261.0
Genre: Literary Criticism, Art, Religion + Beliefs
Sub-Genre: History / Ancient + Classical
Series Title: Wisconsin Studies in Classics
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Pr
Author: Laurialan Reitzammer
Language: English
Street Date: May 11, 2016
TCIN: 51240402
UPC: 9780299308209
Item Number (DPCI): 248-18-1804

guest reviews

Prices, promotions, styles and availability may vary by store & online. See our price match guarantee. See how a store is chosen for you.