A friend of mine asked me to do a statue of Hekate and despite extensive research it took me a long time to get ‘into’ her. But finally I did and I found her chilling, awesome, powerful and inspiring. Here are some background notes on her:
Based on a terracotta relief from Sumer, circa 1950 B.C.
Hunter-gatherers had roamed that part of the Middle East called the Fertile Crescent, and they had planted gardens. By 7000 BCE the crops they planted became a major source of food. They had begun farming, which required permanent settlement.
The people of Sumer could own slaves, although the majority of residents were free. Slaves had a number of rights, including the right to borrow money, transact business, and even buy their own freedom. The children of Sumer had few rights — the authority of their parents was supreme.
Modesty, as distinct from fidelity, was not prominent among the Egyptians; they spoke of sexual affairs with a directness alien to our late sexual morality. Life in Ancient Egypt, Morals and Sexual Morality
ATHENIAN GREEK ORATOR GOD BACCHUS DIONYSUS BOY WITH THORN HELLENISTIC HUNTING APOLLO WITH DOG