Marrying Athena: A Note on Clement Protrepticus 4.54

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Abstract

In his Protrepticus (4.54.2-6), Clement relates a lurid story of an Athenian offer of the goddess Athena as a bride for Demetrius Poliorcetes. I argue that this story arises from the retrojection of a similar Athenian offer to Mark Antony, and suggest that Plutarch's pairing of Poliorcetes and Antony may have encouraged the conflation of the stories about them.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)295-300
JournalThe Classical Journal
Volume103
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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