Women in Late Antiquity: Pagan and Christian Life-styles

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Clarendon Press, 1994 - Drama - 158 pages
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This book bridges a gap between two traditional disciplines. Since the 1970s, there has been a remarkable outpouring of work on women in antiquity, but women in late antiquity (3rd-6th centuries A.D.) have been far less studied. Classicists have been more concerned with the first two centuries A.D., and theologians have been interested in New Testament, rather than patristic, teaching about women or its social and cultural setting. In this book, Clark offers an introduction to the basic conditions of life for women: marriage, divorce, celibacy and prostitution; legal constraints and protection; child-bearing, health care, and medical theories; housing, housework, and clothes; and the general assumptions about female nature which were discarded at need. Christian and non-Christian literature, art, and archaeology are used to exemplify both the practicalities of life and the prevailing "discourses" of the ancient world.

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This book impressed me more than I thought it would. It is, as far as I know, the only survey out there on women in late antiquity (roughly 3rd through late 6th centuries). Clark looks at patristic ... Read full review

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Amongst Gillian Clark's published work is: Women in the Ancient World: Greece and Rome New Surveys in the Classics 21 (Clarendon Press for Classical Association, 1989), and Augustine; The Confessions (Landmark Series, CUP, 1992). She is the translator, with notes and introduction ofIamblichus: On the Pythagorean Life (Translated Texts for Historians, Liverpool UP), and editor of this series. She lives in Birkenhead.

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