Pythagorean Women: Their History and Writings

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JHU Press, Jul 3, 2013 - History - 172 pages
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In Pythagorean Women, classical scholar Sarah B. Pomeroy discusses the groundbreaking principles that Pythagoras established for family life in Archaic Greece, such as constituting a single standard of sexual conduct for women and men. Among the Pythagoreans, women played an important role and participated actively in the philosophical life. While Pythagoras encouraged women to be submissive to men, his reasoning was based on the desire to preserve harmony in the home.

Pythagorean Women provides English translations of all the earliest extant examples of literary Greek prose by Neopythagorean women, shedding light on their attitudes about marriage, the home, music, and the cosmos. Pomeroy sets the Pythagorean and Neopythagorean women vividly in their historical, ecological, and intellectual contexts, illustrated with original photographs of sites and artifacts known to these women.


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1 Who Were the Pythagorean Women?
2 Wives Mothers Sisters Daughters
3 Who Were the Neopythagorean Women Authors?
4 Introduction to the Prose Writings of Neopythagorean Women
5 The Letters and Treatises of Neopythagorean Women in the East
6 The Letters and Treatises of Neopythagorean Women in the West
7 The Neopythagorean Women as Philosophers

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Sarah B. Pomeroy is Distinguished Professor of Classics and History Emerita at Hunter College and the Graduate School at the City University of New York. Her book Goddesses, Whores, Wives, and Slaves: Women in Classical Antiquity is widely recognized as the definitive book on the topic.

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