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Try to imagine that at some point one of the mothers stands up. She pushes the men aside, with contempt for their inefficient strategy that kills their own memory rather than the enemy. Instead of looking up away from the battle, she looks down and faces it. At the moment that Abimelech approaches her tower too closely, she throws not a child but a millstone. 35 This, then, is the answer of the mother to the male way ofdealing with daughters, wives, and warfare. The woman-with-the-millstone thus exemplifies the avenging mother that the Greek tradition stages in Clytemnestra. Her mighty body that is stronger than the gibbor who claims kinghood through his father, is represented in the tower that is its metaphor.