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La déesse Léto

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Actes du Colloque « Le rôle des femmes dans les religions de l’antiquité méditerranéenne »
27 mai 2017 – Centre d’Histoire des Religions Cardinal Julien Ries, Université catholique de Louvain (Louvain-la-Neuve)

by Éric RAIMOND, in Res Antiquae 15, 2018.

The personnality of Goddess Leto is quite unknown, despite she is the sixth spouse of Zeus and one of the main victims of Hera. In the early texts of the Greek Literacy, we may discuss many aspects of this goddess. Thus, in the Ilias, she is sacrosanct as a spouse of Zeus but remains uncapable to defend herself in front of another God. In the Apollinian Hymn, she is the daughter of the Titan Koios, whom name evokes respect and fear and the Mother of the Twins Gods. Her beauty is also celebrated through the mention of her golden hairs. According to Hesiodus, she is the daughter of Phoibè, the “brightness”, and, as for Aeshylus, she may have occupied the prophetic seat in Delphi before her son Apollo. Kind and passive Goddess, she however appears, in the Lycian Legend, as a Magician, who punishes boukoloi by transforming them into frogs. Although she never fights, Leto remains a powerful Goddess, heir of Titans, Mother-Goddess and maybe Sun-Goddess with golden hairs.

Keywords: Goddess Leto, Ilias, Hesiodus, Lycian