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Three Trios: Poems
translated by Judith Hall
by J II
Northwestern University Press, 2007
Cloth: 978-0-8101-5179-6 | Paper: 978-0-8101-5180-2
Library of Congress Classification PS3558.A3695T49 2007
Dewey Decimal Classification 811.54

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
Three Trios brings together, for the first time, translations of two ancient texts. The Apocryphal Book of Judith may be the more familiar one--the tale of a widow as warrior-savior. Less familiar may be the possibility that hidden within this narrative is another older sequence, a pagan one. The ritual that initiated a woman into the Dionysian also licensed her to leave her community. That ceremony, for all the running and blood-letting, helped the cultivated woman cultivate her individuation out of a morass of femininity. The "Mysteries" were widely practiced, and yet to preserve their secrecy, any documentary evidence was surely hidden, coded, or bowdlerized. It is possible that the Book of Judith was such a disguised book of common pagan prayer. Three Trios is composed out of this audacious possibility.

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