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The Gardens of Adonis. Spices in Greek Mythology. Translated from the French by Janet Lloyd. With an introduction by J.-P. Vernant.


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Princeton University Press, Princeton, 1993. XLI,199p. Paperback. Nice copy. Using the analytic tools of structuralism, Detienne shows instead that the festivals of Adonis depict a seductive but impotent and fruitless deity - whose physical ineptitude led to his death in a boar hunt, after which his body was found in a lettuce patch. Contrasting the festivals of Adonis with the solemn ones dedicated to Demeter, the goddess of grain, he reveals the former as a parody and negation of the institution of marriage. (Publisher's information). 'So far from being a study of Greek pot plants, this book is an attempt to interpret the myth of Adonis along with the ritual of the Adonia according to the principles and methods laid down by Lévi-Strauss. (.) His thesis is that the Adonis myth and ritual have nothing to do with fertility. On the contrary, their 'message' is one of seduction doomed to sterility, and Detienne handles his evidence with eloquence, erudition, and ingenuity.(.) Any attempt to summarize Detienne's procedure must be inadequate and also unworthy of the richness of the book. (.) The book should earn respect, and possibly more for its by-products than for the development of its main theme. The scheme which Detienne constructs as an explanation of Pythagorean dietary and sacrificial taboos is astonishingly neat and ingenious, even though purists may criticize his handling of the evidence.' (D.E. EICHHOLZ on the French edition of the book in The Classical Review (New Series), 1974, p.233-35). From the library of the late Prof. W. Geoffrey Arnott. Antiquarian. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 25527

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