By C. S. Lewis
Verfolgt von einer Meute gemeiner Mitschüler fliehen Eustace und Jill durch eine geheimnisvolle Tür in einer Steinmauer - und befinden sich plötzlich in Narnia. Der weise und mächtige Löwe Aslan hat einen besonderen Auftrag: Sie sollenden verschollenen Prinzen und Thronfolger Rilian finden. Ihre Aufgabe führt sie bis in das finstere Unterland, wo die gefährliche grüne Hexe sie schon erwartet.
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In the meantime, suﬃce it to say that this vase presents us with a range of features, notably the closeness THE BIRTH OF ATHENA 23 of Athena and Zeus who act in concert against Hephaistos even as the goddess is being born. More elaborate is ﬁgure 2, an Attic black-ﬁgure amphora from around 540, which, being so much larger, is able to include many more details. Hephaistos is not present this time. Eileithyia, the birth attendant goddess, has the more customary role of midwife while another female and two males are observing Athena’s emergence.
P. Nilsson, among the TRACING ATHENA’S ORIGINS 39 most inﬂuential of twentieth-century historians of religion, Athena was the amalgam of this deity and the Minoan snake goddess. This, for him, as for many subsequent scholars, provided a solution to the paradox of Athena, explaining the ‘curious circumstance’ whereby ‘the Greek divinity of war is a goddess’ (Nilsson 1925: 28). The continued appeal of this historical understanding of Athena’s nature may be demonstrated by Ann Baring and Jules Cashford’s study of the ﬁgure of the goddess (1991).
But it also forms part of, and resolves, the story concerning how Zeus came to power: a story that begins in the earliest days of the cosmos. According to the best-known (and earliest) account, in Hesiod’s Theogony, Gaia (Earth) gave birth through parthenogenesis to Ouranos (Heaven), who became her husband; however, he prevented their children from being born by keeping them imprisoned within their mother. In time, Gaia equipped her youngest son, Kronos, with a sickle, and he used this in order to castrate his father.