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I would say Argo was not self aware. Instead, Zeus “... spoke through the wood taken from one of his Dodonian oaks, as stated in the first book of the Argonautica (Apollonius of Rhodes, 2009), when a talking beam that Athena had made from a Dodonian oak and fitted in the middle of Argo’s keel, spoke with a terrible voice that frightened the Argonauts.” - ...


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I suggest you take a look at Nails for the dead: a polysemic account of an ancient funerary practice by Silvia Alfayé. The paper focuses on the use of nails in Roman funerary practices, but in section 3 she offers a nice overview on the ritual/magical uses of nails in general, including the inscribed bronze nails you are asking about, which she describes as: ...


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My overall sense is a general association with life, generation, and regeneration as a phallic symbol—it's not by chance that unicorns are associated with virgins! When you look at the at the Domenichino "maiden & unicorn", you may note that it is not entirely un-erotic: There are many unreliable sources to be found online, but, as I recall, ...


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