xv, 286 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 23 cm
1555914896 paperback 9781555914899 paperback
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 265-270) and index.
Formatted Contents Note
Introduction : rewriting the story of western civilization Minoan artifacts challenge the inevitability of patriarchy The mystery of Minoan civilization An expectation of rebirth or immortality Time as a circle rather than a line The troubling question of war Crete and the issue of female sexuality The ecstatic and the divine as inseperable Five values dramatically at odds with patriarchy The collapse of the Minoan world The invasions of 1600 BCE : a war culture emerges The Theran explosion : the loss of faith in Mother Earth The growth of trade : the diminishment of daughters The great civil war over marriage : the end of women-centered culture in the eastern Mediterranean A warrior civilization emerges Four hundred years of chaos sets the stage Values shaped by storytellers An exaggerated feminine is made monstrous Mother Earth is overthrown Jason resists the many shapes of seductive women Odysseus rejects Calypso Homer poses the choice between love and property Clytemnestra is sacrificed on the altar of marriage Marriage destroys the mother-daughter bond Daughters die for civic good A multitude of myths to tame, punish, and disparage women Oedipus, the lost son A glorious monument enshrining the subordination of women Biblical patriarchs match the Greek story Objections to the warrior civilization Jesus carries forward the Eleusian symbolism of grain and wine Jesus takes on the threat of military destruction Ancient beliefs spring up among the Celts A short-lived Islamic challenge The metaphor of the holy grail Devil talk and witch burnings Closing the book on the patriarchy History as a choice of stories Women coming home to dignity The declining utility of war Another story all along.