A Companion to Women in the Ancient World

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Sharon L. James, Sheila Dillon
John Wiley & Sons, Feb 20, 2012 - Literary Criticism - 650 pages
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A Companion to Women in the Ancient World presents an interdisciplinary, methodologically-based collection of newly-commissioned essays from prominent scholars on the study of women in the ancient world.

  • The first interdisciplinary, methodologically-based collection of readings to address the study of women in the ancient world
  • Explores a broad range of topics relating to women in antiquity, including: Mother-Goddess Theory; Women in Homer, Pre-Roman Italy, the Near East; Women and the Family, the State, and Religion; Dress and Adornment; Female Patronage; Hellenistic Queens; Imperial Women; Women in Late Antiquity; Early Women Saints; and many more
  • Thematically arranged to emphasize the importance of historical themes of continuity, development, and innovation
  • Reconsiders much of the well-known evidence and preconceived notions relating to women in antiquity
  • Includes contributions from many of the most prominent scholars associated with the study of women in antiquity
  

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Contents

Women Outside Athens and Rome
5
Women in Homer
54
The Archaic and Classical Periods
79
Women and Law
96
Women and Medicine
107
Interpreting the Skeletal Evidence
125
Approaches to Reading Attic Vases
141
Spartan Girls and the Athenian Gaze
153
Women and Monarchy in
304
The View
316
Texts and Contexts
329
Women Education and Philosophy
343
The Beginnings of Empire
367
From Empire to Christianity
437
Women in Roman Britain
467
Public Roles for Women in the Cities of the Latin West
478

Interpreting Women in Archaic
167
Dress and Adornment in Archaic and Classical Greece
179
Women and Religion in Greece
191
Women and Roman Religion
204
Women in Magna Graecia
215
Reading
249
Female Portraiture in the Hellenistic Period
263
Women and Family in Menander
278
Gender and Space Public and Private
288
Female Virtues on Roman
491
Women in Late Antique Egypt
502
Representations of Women in Late Antiquity
513
Becoming Christian
524
Women in Late Antiquity Apart from Egypt A Bibliography
539
References
545
Index of Women
605
Subject Index
611
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About the author (2012)

Sharon L. James is Associate Professor of Classics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the author of Learned Girls and Male Persuasion: Gender and Reading in Roman Love Elegy (2003), and the forthcoming Women in Greek and Roman New Comedy.

Sheila Dillon is Associate Professor in the Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies at Duke University with a secondary appointment in the Department of Classical Studies.† She is the author of Ancient Greek Portrait Sculpture (2006), and The Female Portrait Statue in the Greek World (2010).†

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