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The Oxford Dictionary of the Classical World
John RobertsJohn Roberts

In Iliad 5 Homer describes how Athena took off the finely wrought robe ‘which she herself had made and worked at with her own hands’ and ‘armed herself for grievous war’. This incident encapsulates the paradoxical nature of a goddess who is as skilled in the making of clothes as she is fearless in battle; who thus unites in her person the characteristic excellences of both sexes. At the greater ... ...

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