The origins of the Patriarchy

I'd probably say that these origins lie with Plato. The Classical and Archaic Greeks were supposedly pretty patriarchal as well, generally you probably find more men on red or black figure vases, with an emphasis on the all male symposium (boys and men). But there were female gods in this culture such as Artemis, Athena, Hera and of course Aphrodite. And Andromache seemed to have quite an equal role with her husband in the Iliad even if she was Trojan rather than Greek. We also should not forget the sirens (or furies), or the Gorgons. There's some clues in ancient languages as well, with feminine endings adding to some confusion on the supposedly patriarchal Athenian society and belying an exclusively male history. And of course we have the legend of Amazon too long before there was a brutal male capitalist by the name of Jeff Bezos. But Plato suggested making women the bad character in religion that up until then had been very inclusive of goddesses. So I blame him (I like blaming Plato). That's my bite of that particular apple.

Detail of Artemis, Athena and the Moirae (Fates) from a painting depicting the procession of gods attending the wedding of Peleus and Thetis.

Athena was also very fond of her snakes, but she was a late convert. Earlier goddesses with snakes date to maybe 1700 BCE from memory, in Greece anyway*. They may have been a little older than that in Egypt or Mesopotamia. But we can only conjecture about 50k years ago, before agriculture, with Neanderthals still around and only just out of Africa for most of us. Well before the two civilisations just mentioned, the oldest ones on this planet. Both these civilisations date to as far back as 5,000 years BCE according to some but more likely they date somewhere between 2,500 and 4,000 years BCE with the majority of historians probably settling on between 3,000 and 4,000 BCE. But dating 'the Patriarchy' to before civilisation, whether 6,000 years old or 4,000 years old is nevertheless a bit of a stretch.

It could also be noted that civilisation does not seem to have done much for our brain size as they are smaller now than they were 10,000 years ago. Sometimes I get the suspicion that there is a correlation there between intellect and the loss of a few hundred ccs of brain matter. Self awareness is obviously still there, but agency maybe not.

So maybe some overreach going on below (Figure 3) as Lynn seems to be on to. I might have some more thoughts at some stage on this one.

00:00 hrs 4th August update: looks like the 50,000 has been changed to 5,000.

Figure 3: Renee, Charlie & Lynn

* Other small statues from this time indicate an emphasis on fertility and the feminine form.

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