David D. Leitao is Professor of Classics at San Francisco State University and Chair of the Departments of Classics and Comparative and World Literature. He has published articles in Classical Antiquity, Mnemosyne and Materiali e Discussioni, as well as in numerous edited volumes.
1. Introduction 2. The new father of Anaxagoras: the one-seed theory of reproduction and its reception in Athenian tragedy 3. The thigh birth of Dionysus: exploring legitimacy in the classical city-state 4. From myth to metaphor: intellectual and poetic generation in the age of the Sophists 5. Blepyrus' turd-child and the birth of Athena 6. The pregnant philosopher: masculine and feminine procreative styles in Plato's Symposium 7. Reading Plato's midwife: Socrates and intellectual paternity in the Theaetetus Appendix 1. Did any thinker before Democritus argue for the existence of female 'seed'? Appendix 2. Women and men as grammatical subjects of tau kappatauomega.