Women in Ancient Greece

ISBN-10: 0674954734

ISBN-13: 9780674954731

Edition: 1995

Authors: Sue Blundell

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To read the history of ancient Greece as it has been written for centuries is to enter a thoroughly male world. This book, a comprehensive history of women in the Archaic and Classical Ages, completes our picture of ancient Greek society. Largely excluded from any public role, the women of ancient Greece nonetheless appear in various guises in the art and writing of the period, and in legal documents. These representations, in Sue Blundell's analysis, reveal a great deal about women's day-to-day experience as well as their legal and economic position--and how they were regarded by men. Here are women as portrayed in Homer, in Greek lyric poetry, and by the playwrights; the female nature as depicted in medical writings and by Aristotle; representations of women in sculpture and vase paintings. This is evidence filtered through a male view: Sappho is the only female writer of antiquity much of whose work survives. Yet these sources and others such as regulations and law court speeches reveal a great deal about women's lives and about their status as defined by law and by custom. By examining the roles that men assigned to women, the ideals they constructed for them, and the anxieties they expressed about them, Blundell sheds light on the cultural dynamics of a male-dominated society. Lively and richly illustrated, her work offers a fresh look at women in the ancient world.
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Book details

List price: $31.00
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 5/5/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Women in Myth
Myth: an introduction
Creation myth
The Olympian goddesses: virgins and mothers
Women in the poems of Home
Amazons
The Archaic Age, 750-500 BC
Women in an age of transition
Women and the poets
Women as poets: Sappho
Women in stone
The Classical Age, 500-336 BC
Women's bodies
Women in Athenian law and society
The lives of women in Classical Athens
Sparta and Gortyn
Women and religion
Ideas About Women in the Classical Age
Women in drama
Women and the philosophers
Women in Classical sculpture
POSTSCRIPT
The Hellenistic Age
Notes
Bibliography
Quotation acknowledgements
Illustration acknowledgements
Index
ILLUSTRATIONS Plates 1-26 Plates 27-45
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