Women in Antiquity: New Assessments

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Psychology Press, 1995 - History - 271 pages
Explores and expands on scholarly debates on the status and representation women in antiquity; invaluable reading for all students and teachers of ancient history.The study of gender in classical antiquity has undergone rapid and wide-ranging development in the past two decades. This collection of new assessments has been written by some of the most influential experts in this field from all over the world. The contributors reassess the role of women in diverse contexts and areas, such as archaic and classical Greek literature and cult, Roman imperial politics, ancient medicine and early Christianity. Some offer original interpretations of topics which have been widely discussed over the last twenty years; others highlight new areas of research.Women in Antiquity: New Assessments reflects and expands on existing scholarly debates on the status and representation of women in the ancient world. It focuses on methodology, and suggests areas for research and improvement. It is invaluable and engaging reading for all students and teachers of ancient history.
 

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Contents

Ideology and the status of women in ancient
21
vital tool
44
the myth of Pandora
58
The cults of Demeter and Kore
75
Womens ritual and mens work in ancient Athens
97
Womens identity and the family in
111
Rereading Vestal virginity
166
Women and elections in Pompeii
195
A womans voice Laronias role in Juvenal
207
or the wealthy widows
220
Select bibliography
248
Index
265
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Richard Hawley is headmaster of Cleveland's University School and author of Boys Will Be Men, Seeing Things, and The Headmaster's Papers. He lives in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.

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