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On protests as a speech genre associated with lower relative status (and particularly women), see Minchin () –, – . 26 Zeus brushes this aside. His response to Hera is brief and his actions are masterful. He promises a dense golden cloud. And he gathers his wife in his arms ( γκ ς μαρπτε, ). Grass, clover, crocus and hyacinth cushion them; the promised cloud delivers privacy. 27 Looking back over this whole scene we find some parallels and some contrasts with discourse amongst mortals.

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17 Notice her use of questions here, a clever strategy: Hera calculates that mild Aphrodite would not have the strength of conviction to answer ‘yes’ to her question, ‘would you refuse’ ( ρν σαιο, ) what I am about to ask? 18 But Hera knows that if she can persuade Aphrodite to hear her request, she has a chance of succeeding. At this point Aphrodite does not know precisely what she is to be asked. But she is disarmed by Hera’s ingratiating approach: her positive response to Hera (she will address her as πρ σβα ε , honoured goddess, ) and to her preliminary negotiations (τελ σαι δ με υμ ς νωγεν .

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