Demeter was a great Goddess from Greek Mythology and played a big role in the philosophy of plants. Demeter was the goddess of agriculture and daughter of Cronus and Rhea. She had been reborn, similar to her other siblings. The story behind it was that, after Zeus ousted his Father, Cronus, he was made to throw up Zeus’ siblings. The goddess was married to her brother, Zeus, and had offsprings with others too such as, ose.
(www.docs.rwu.edu). Women were considered to be the transmitters of the civilization as she is the one who has capacity to create life that makes her important and valuable. According to the Epic of Gilgamesh, the Earth we live in today was also created by a Goddess, a woman. While the Epic of Gilgamesh is much more about the Mesopotamian religion, the goddess described totally reveals how women were viewed and valued at that particular period. Ishtar being the goddess of both love and war shows the power of woman to be both productive and destructive.
Vestal Virgins was unique in that she did not belong to any person nor any one family but as being in charge of worship which was central to the state. Vestal virgin should be exterior and above all other women and families since she represented or was an emblem for the Roman society as a whole. One of the main principal and belief of Roman society was that a women always belong to a male guardianship mostly either her husband or her father-in-law but a Vestal Virgin did not belong to anyone and there was a complicated and comprehensive steps or strategy in order to make her free from the guardianship of her family. Parker states “The first step in the process was to exempt the Vestal initiate from the power of her father (patria potestas). Since this was normally accomplished by coemptio, a form of sale that merely placed her in someone else's power, she was specifically said not to have undergone emancipation, which normally simply passed a woman into the tutela of her nearest male relative.
• Neith was associated with the primordial waters of newly created Egyptian world and her character symbolized the balance of feminine and masculine, the absolute harmony. • Isis taught people agriculture and gods worship. She was the most worshipped goddess in the Ancient Egypt. • Hathor was believed to be a goddess of fertility and it was her duty to find a husband for unmarried girls. • Ma’at symbolized justice and order.
Men in Sparta were at war with Athens because Athenians started to think they were more powerful than the other city states, but in reality the only thing protecting Athens was a wall the women got more freedoms because of the men going to war with Athens. Women had many different rights they were allowed to do almost anything except they could not vote. The women of Sparta had many problems, though they could not have as many kids because if they did, they would not be able to work because they could lose the prophet and they would not be making an income. In Athens the women did have some rights but not many and the rights they had were controlled by men. This caused the men of Athens, to think that giving women rights was bad that is why they frowned upon Sparta giving women rights, but if they did not give women any rights they would not have been able to sustain a good society.
The Trojan War and some of the gods is a great example of a team up. Finally, Hera, Athena, and Poseidon’s effort to overthrow Zeus shows an alliance. These stories create unique and different theme in the mythology world. One goddess that has a particularly large role in Greek mythology is Athena. According to greekgodsandgoddesses.net, she was the goddess of wisdom and military victory.
In ancient texts, we see this role being played by Thetis, Achilles mother in Greek mythology. Another example being portrayed by Demeter; even when there happens to no hope for her daughter Persephone, she never gives up on Persephone, or on the role of neutering her daughter through the tough times. The Mother Archetype shows through Greek Mythology which includes The Iliad, Edith Hamilton, and The Odyssey. In literature, an archetype can usually interpret as a normal, your everyday typical character. An archetype, also frequently identified as universal symbol.
This is why Persephone is described as a beautiful maiden. ("Persephone") Although Persephone is best know for being the goddess of spring and Queen of the Underworld, she is also known for showing women's role in society and nature's control on life. Persephone is one of the very underrated figures in Greek mythology. Her childhood is very undocumented with very little information. Her father was Zeus, king of the gods; her mother was his sister Demeter, goddess
As proven by her actions in myth and her appearance in art, Aphrodite was truly an influential goddess. It is claimed that without Aphrodite there would be no joy or loveliness in the world. She was a misunderstood goddess but she deserves appreciation as one of the most powerful and important Greek deities. She produced many children from her many affairs with gods and mortals. Zeus had to solve many complications Aphrodite had with other goddesses.
Sogolon Kedjou is a powerful character in the epic first and foremost because she conceives and births Sundiata, the founder of the Mali Empire. Her most important role is that of a mother, which can be problematic when discussing the importance and influence of women in the epic because it emphasizes fertility and the female body over the female mind and internal powers beyond conception. With regards to the importance of conception and fertility in women, there is a consistent theme of male ownership over females throughout the epic. It should be noted however that Sogolon represents a strong female character that is arguably responsible for the creation of a great empire. For without Sogolon and her great powers, Sundiata would not exist