Miriam Robbins Dexter, Ph.D.
Center for the Study of Women (CSW) - Research Scholar
Research Interests (See also CSW): I translate ancient Indo-European (Greek, Italic, Sanskrit, Old Iranian, Old Norse, Old Irish, Hittite, Lithuanian, Latvian) and Near Eastern (Sumerian, Akkadian, Ugaritic, Egyptian) texts, studying and comparing the functions and powers of female figures. Presently, my focus of interest is on goddesses and heroines who are perform a magical, sacred display of their genitals; they are often both erotic and ferocious: Greek Medusa, Indic Kali, Indic Lajja Gauri figures in temples, Irish Sheela na gigs and female figures in text, and Sumerian Ereshkigal. I am also looking at particular types of erotic (display) and ferocious figures, including prehistoric 'frog' figures. I am also researching Indus Valley seals, and the relationships of female figures on these seals to historic age Indic goddesses.>
Links to Books:
The Living Goddesses (Edited work of Marija Gimbutas)
The Kurgan Culture and the Indo-Europeanization of Europe (Edited articles of Marija Gimbutas)