It is with a great deal of pleasure that I announce the release of Bibliotheca Alexandrina’s fourth book – The Goat Foot God, by Diotima. I had the privilege of being one of the copy editors of this volume; so I can give it my personal recommendation as one of the first readers. Diotima does a lovely job of blending traditional scholarship with personal experience to give the reader several new perspectives from which to view this most-reinterpreted deity.
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The Goat Food God…. The Lord of the Hunt… Swift footed, keen eyed… To be approached with laughter and song… God of madness, dreams and healing… Sending armies mad and persuading young women to go on living… Beloved of all the gods, yet never resident on Olympus…
Pan presents the modern reader with a series of, if not contradictions, then puzzles. Who was this deity – and who was he thought to be? What were the people who honoured him like, and why did they seek him out?
In The Goat Foot God, Diotima takes a scholarly yet idiosyncratic look at Pan, as is only befitting the subject. Using the Homeric Hymn as a base, and moving beyond it, she examines what the ancients knew and thought about Pan. She moves on to the present day and finds no less puzzlement, asking how Pan might fit in with the modern feminist consciousness.
There are more questions than answers herein, but that is entirely in keeping with the eponymous subject….
And, to make it even better, 25% of the proceeds from the sale of this book will be going to Macmillan trust, a cancer care support charity. To find out more about them, click here: