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The Marriage Of Cadmus And Harmony by Roberto Calasso
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Sep 06, 11

Read from July 28 to September 07, 2011

Not an easy book to get to grips with but then re-telling the ancient greek myths is not an easy task. Gods entering the world to rape and abduct beautiful mortals and the story of their progeny, who in some cases are fated to repeat this shocking behaviour, seems to be the constant theme. Are all religions seeking to justify themselves with references to some sort of special, indeed immaculate, conception? Can the gods only be appeased by beautiful virgins? All very brutal yet the ancient gods are no worse than modern mortals who seee rape as a weapon to subdue a conquered people. In many ways this constant cycle of brutal acts by gods, heroes or mortals is worryingly depressing but then myth is always a reflection of human obsessions so why should I be surprised?

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