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03 October 2013

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Steve

Interesting stuff, as usual. But when you wrote this, I had to respond:

"Athena was an odd goddess. She was a virgin, which immediately set her apart from the gods and goddesses,"

Of the Olympian goddesses, three -- Athena, Artemis, and Hestia -- were virgins, as well as many of the minor female deities of the Greek Pantheon.

Steve

Much has been written on the topic of the virgin goddesses in Greco-Roman myth, but this page might give you an introduction:

http://web.grinnell.edu/courses/Cls/s05/CLS242-01/virgins.html

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