Friday, December 10, 2010

Contrastic! (3)

3?  Yes.  Don't you recall 1 and 2?  In the fifth century BC, Euripides puts the following words on the lips of Hippolytus:
Great Zeus, why didst thou, to man's sorrow, put woman, evil counterfeit, to dwell where shines the sun?   ... I can never satisfy my hate for women, no!
In the fifth century AD, Proclus of Constantinople (Homily 1:1) writes this:
What we celebrate is the pride of women and the glory of the female, thanks to the one who was at once both mother and virgin… Let nature leap for joy, and let women be honoured!
Call me crazy, but something appears to have changed.