5 pages in length. Whether intentional or by happenstance, mythology places goddesses at the bottom of the totem pole with regard to their status as living beings. As a means by which to control the fairer sex, mythological gods have historically created a hostile environment in which goddesses are forced to exist. Hesiod's Pandora is but one instance when a woman's beauty is employed as a ruse for death, disease and treachery. Clearly, one of the most prominent literary motifs of mythology is that of power. When determining who truly exercises power in archaic society, one first must study the ancient societies and what was important in their existence. Indeed, it can readily be argued that patriarchy ruled ancient Greece, inasmuch as the ancestral ties associated with the male gender were as strong as steel. However, not all gods were deemed acceptable to adopt a position of power, a concept that is readily apparent within the literary boundaries of Hesiod's other mythological tales. No additional sources cited.
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