Erynn Laurie wrote:
> But Stephanie, Athena and Circe are pre-Greek and acc. to Gimbutas
> hearken back to the matriarchal age of Old Europe.
> Deities are not safe, by definition. But I would agree that a number of
> the Greek myths can be read to support misogyny.
Not to burst any bubbles, but Gimbutas's theory and methodology
often leave alot to be desired. Yes, Athena *may* be pre-Hellenic, if we
associate her with any of the female images in Minoan art work. One might
even support Bernal's view that she evolved from the Egyptian Knut (I,
personally, do not). I would like to know what evidence there is which
would suggest that Circe was pre-Hellenic. As for "matriarchal" Europe,
there was no such thing; please refer to an article by Joan Bamberger on
"The Myth of Matriarchy." There clearly seems to have been some degree of
equality between men and women in Mycenaean Greece; the Minoans were
clearly goddess worshippers, the Scythians had their 'oiorpater' =
amazons, and the picts seem to have had their's as well. But there is no
real evidence for a pre-historic matriarchy. Gimbutas was inaccurate.