AdvisorVoyatzis, Mary E.
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AbstractHera is among the most puzzling figures in Greek religion who has not been discussed fully in terms of the relationship between her personalities in myths, literature and art and her sanctuaries. Scholars have attempted to discern reasons behind the dichotomy that she was represented as a jealous wife and she was at the same time worshipped solemnly. But, these explanations are limited only to speculative evidences. Also, scholars, working on Hera, tend to focus on only one aspect of the goddess, whether it is archaeology, philology or religion. I propose to conduct a holistic analysis of Hera, from her depictions in literature, art and myths to her major sanctuaries in the Greek world. I aim to look at multiple evidences: textual, iconographical, archaeological evidences. In short, the dichotomy of Hera helps consolidate the formation and the rising of Greek poleis, and it also empowers and encourages ancient Greek women to go through life crises.
Degree ProgramGraduate College