Spartan Women

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Oxford University Press, 2002 - Social Science - 198 pages
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This is the first book-length examination of Spartan women, covering over a thousand years in the history of women from both the elite and lower classes. Classicist Sarah B. Pomeroy comprehensively analyzes ancient texts and archaeological evidence to construct the world of these elusive though much noticed females. Sparta has always posed a challenge to ancient historians because information about the society is relatively scarce. Most existing scholarship on Sparta concerns the military history of the city and its heavily male-dominated social structure--almost as if there were no women in Sparta. Yet perhaps the most famous of mythic Greek women, Menelaus' wife Helen, the cause of the Trojan War, was herself a Spartan. Written by one of the leading authorities on women in antiquity, Spartan Women reconstructs the lives and the world of Sparta's women, including how their status changed over time and how they held on to their surprising autonomy. Proceeding through the archaic, classical, Hellenistic, and Roman periods, Spartan Women includes discussions of education, family life, reproduction, religion, and athletics.
  

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User Review  - Mathew Powers - Goodreads

This is not my field, but I understand why Pomeroy is so well known and respected. This book is, in my view, extremely well done and highly informative. If I could understand sources from antiquity ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sandy - Goodreads

I've always felt akin to that people and times. People have a funny idea of what life was like many many centuries ago but people have the same wants, desires, fears and tragedies and triumphs. A ... Read full review

Contents

EDUCATION
3
BECOMING A WIFE
33
THE CREATION OF MOTHERS
51
ELITE WOMEN
73
THE LOWER CLASSES
95
WOMEN AND RELIGION
105
GENDER AND ETHNICITY
131
SOURCES FOR THE HISTORY OF SPARTAN WOMEN
139
WORKS CITED
171
INDEX
185
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Sarah B. Pomeroy is Distinguished Professor of Classics at Hunter College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York.

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