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See detailHumnétriai… Un rite mis en images chez Philostrate
Pironti, Gabriella; Pirenne-Delforge, Vinciane ULg

in Calame, Claude; Ellinger, Pierre (Eds.) Du récit au rituel par la forme esthétique : pragmatique cultuelle des formes discursives et des images en Grèce ancienne (in press)

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See detailHow does polytheism work?
Pirenne-Delforge, Vinciane ULg; Pironti, Gabriella

in Eidinow, Esther; Kindt, Julia (Eds.) Oxford Handbook of Ancient Greek Religion (in press)

Trying to describe polytheism is a difficult enterprise because the whole system can be seen as a complex structure, each element of which (a deity with its proper name) is both itself a complex set of ... [more ▼]

Trying to describe polytheism is a difficult enterprise because the whole system can be seen as a complex structure, each element of which (a deity with its proper name) is both itself a complex set of prerogatives, and at the same time, must be considered in concert with the other elements. After a brief historiographical overview, this paper focuses on the first aspect by using the notion of ‘network’ as a metaphor to refer to the complexity of the ancient Greek gods. It provides two case studies, of the Moirai and the goddess Hera. The paper concludes that polytheism can be described if one conceptualises the complexity of the gods—their unity and diversity—together at every level (Panhellenic and local, cult and myths, and so on). [less ▲]

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See detailIlithyie au travail : de la mère à l'enfant
Pironti, Gabriella; Pirenne-Delforge, Vinciane ULg

in Mètis : Revue d’Anthropologie des Mondes Grecs Anciens (2013), 11

Among the Greek deities related to motherhood, Eileithyia seems to be specifically concerned with parturition. If we carefully take into account her association with Artemis and with Hera, it becomes ... [more ▼]

Among the Greek deities related to motherhood, Eileithyia seems to be specifically concerned with parturition. If we carefully take into account her association with Artemis and with Hera, it becomes evident that Eileithyia is involved both at the same time during labour and in the tokos, the critical moment of childbirth itself. Moreover, she is thought to safeguard the child too. Accordingly, Eileithyia’s task, which is to assist in bringing a child to the light, persists throughout the process of filiation and the later development of children. [less ▲]

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See detailLes Moires entre la naissance et la mort : de la représentation au culte
Pirenne-Delforge, Vinciane ULg; Pironti, Gabriella

in Etudes de Lettres (2011), (3-4), 93-113

In ancient Greece, Moirai are divine powers related to the ‘share’ that everyone receives and mythic tales where they appear mainly associate to birth and death. As traditional spinners and weavers, such ... [more ▼]

In ancient Greece, Moirai are divine powers related to the ‘share’ that everyone receives and mythic tales where they appear mainly associate to birth and death. As traditional spinners and weavers, such goddesses rule over everyone’s life course and over the various patterns of the life thread. Cult evidence related to the Moirai is neither numerous nor explicit about their worshippers’ expectations. Nevertheless, myths and rituals are not unrelated bodies of evidence, but specific languages, which resonate inside the mental frame of poets who narrated tales and worshippers who performed rituals. Both of these aspects of the Greek knowledge about Moirai are closely interconnected and studied as such in the present work. Powers of distribution, reward and regulation, Moirai interact with the stability warranted by Zeus’ authority on a mythical level and take also part in such a balance within human communities. [less ▲]

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See detailGreek Cults of Aphrodite
Pirenne-Delforge, Vinciane ULg; Pironti, Gabriella

in Kondoleon, Christine; Segal, Phoebe (Eds.) Aphrodite and the Gods of Love (2011)

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See detailLa féminité des déesses à l’épreuve des épiclèses : le cas d’Héra
Pirenne-Delforge, Vinciane ULg; Pironti, Gabriella

in Bodiou, Lydie; Mehl, Véronique (Eds.) La religion des femmes en Grèce ancienne. Mythes, cultes, société (2009)

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