According to 1 delusion, the 1st Athenian citizen was once born from the earth after the sperm of a rejected lover, the god Hephaistos, dripped off the virgin goddess Athena's leg and onto fertile soil. Henceforth Athenian electorate might declare to be really indigenous to their urban and to have divine origins that bypassed maternity. In those essays, the popular French Hellenist Nicole Loraux examines the implication of this and different Greek starting place myths as she explores how Athenians within the 5th century solid and maintained a collective identity.
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