Anthropologists John Scheid and Jesper Svendro have studied the subjects of politics, of sexual union and of language through the myth of fabric and its weaving. Reading their essay “Zeus’s Loom. The Myth of Weaving and of Fabric in the Greco-Roman world” motivated me to continue my research on the subject. Ionna Papadopoulou-Belmehdi is a researcher of Ancient Greece anthropology. In, “Penelope’s Song: the poetry of women weaving in the Odyssey” (Belin publishers, 1994), she uses different versions of the text of the Odyssey, to underline the inwardness of Penelope as a “thinker character”. This book is part of a thesis: “Pandora’s Art: The Mythology of Weaving in Ancient Greece”, that Ionna Papadopoulou-Belmehdi supported in June 1992 at the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences in Paris. I read that thesis during March 2006.
13th October 2005 → March 2006