Women's Life in Greece and Rome A Source Book in Translation

ISBN-10: 0801883105
ISBN-13: 9780801883101
Edition: 3rd 2005
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List price: $29.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 8/23/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

This highly acclaimed collection provides a unique look into the public and private lives and legal status of Greek and Roman women of all social classes-from wet nurses, prostitutes, and gladiatrixes to poets, musicians, intellectuals, priestesses, and housewives. The third edition adds new texts to sections throughout the book, vividly describing women's sentiments and circumstances through readings on love, bereavement, and friendship, as well as property rights, breast cancer, female circumcision, and women's roles in ancient religions, including Christianity and pagan cults.

List of plates
Preface to the second edition
Preface to the third edition
Women's Voices
Female poets
Sappho
To Aphrodite
When I look at you
Anactoria
Parting
Remembering the girl Atthis
The wedding of Hector and Andromache
Corinna
The contest of Cithaeron and Helicon
Reflections on a woman poet
Praxilla
Two fragments
Erinna
Childhood
Two epigrams for Baucis
Anyte
Miletus
Antibia
Thersis
Philaenis
Nossis
To Hera
To Aphrodite
To Artemis
Polyarchis
Thaumarete
Callo
Sulpicia
To Messala
To Cerinthus
Claudia Trophime
Two epigrams
Inscribed on the Colossus of Memnon
Caecilia Trebulla
Balbilla
Damo
Men's words in women's mouths
Medea's complaint
Andromache's ideal behaviour
How a wife ought to behave
Deianeira contrasts childhood with life after marriage
The lot of women: Procne
Pasiphae
In defence of women
A fragment of a comedy
Men's Opinions
Praise
Inscriptions
Archedice
Aspasia
Dionysia
Claudia
Eucharis
Amymone, housewife
An accomplished woman
Murdia
Pythion and Epicydilla
From the tomb of the Statilii
Epitaph for a little girl, Politta
Allia Potestas
Athenodora
Urbana, housewife
Macria Helike, a Christian
Literary sources
Cornelia's noble nature
Tiberius chooses to die in place of Cornelia
Womanly virtue
Invective
Pandora
How to pick a wife
The nature of women
The female mind
The best days in a woman's life
Greek tragedy
The uselessness of women
The unreasonableness of women
The worthlessness of women
Satire and irony
Woman as the equivalent of evil
Weighing bad women against good
The price of a wife
Wives and courtesans compared
An overbearing wife
The dangers of literacy
The disadvantage of a rich wife
Juvenal on women in general
Bereavement
Cicero on Clodia
Philosophers on the Role of Women
The female role
Educating women to make them more like men
Men and women should be treated alike
A Roman philosopher advocates women's education
Legal Status in the Greek World
Crete
Laws relating to women
Athens
Funeral law
The banker Pasion's will
Aristotle's will
Provisions for female children
Married heiresses
Widow of Diodotus
Property
Maintenance
Payment of a dowry
Proof of marriage
A mistress's scheme
A husband's defence
The case for the prosecution in a poisoning trial
The past activities of a courtesan
Amorgos
A mortgage
Security for a dowry
Transactions with a society
Leased property
Sparta
Opinions attributed to the sophist Gorgias
A saying attributed to the philosopher Antisthenes
The education of Spartan mothers
The advantages of Spartan education and marriage customs
Anecdotes
The behaviour of Etruscan women
Egypt
A marriage contract
Annulment of a marriage contract
Agreement to transfer a concubine
Problems over a dowry
A wife requests restitution of a dowry
A husband complains that his wife stole his property
Legal Status in the Roman World
Early Rome
The laws of the kings
The Twelve Tables (excerpts)
Husbands' punishment of wives
The first divorce for sterility
Punishment for adultery
The Roman jurists
On women's status within the family
On guardianship
Patria potestas and adoption
Patria potestas
Guardianship
Guardianship
Guardianship
Pregnancy, status, and paternity
Children of slaves
On the Julian marriage laws
Men must marry
Prizes for marriage and having children
Augustus' law
The consequences of adultery
Petitions to the emperor
Adultery
Concubinage
The right of life and death
Social status and marriage
Social status
On marriage
Consent as the basis of marriage
Consent as the basis of marriage
Marital subordination
Social status and citizenship of children
Marriage after adultery
Eligibility for marriage
Conditions for the dissolution of marriage
The dowry
On legal powers of women
How women could make use of their freedom to contract
The wife's property
Division of property between husband and wife
The husband's liability
On sexual mores
Adultery defined
Prostitution
Punishments
Marriage with a freedman
How a woman loses her social status
Rape
Roman Egypt
Marriage and inheritance
A final dowry payment
Dowry payment through a bank
Legitimacy
A mother's last will and testament
Calpurnia Heraclea, a woman landowner
A woman's petition to act without a kyrios
A prostitute and her mother
A husband's complaint about an assault on his wife
A woman greengrocer brings a charge
A violent quarrel
A wife's complaint against an abusive husband
Public Life
Women's bravery in legend and history
Legend
The courage of the poet Telesilla
Marpessa and the defence of Tegea
A memorial to Telesilla
Thargalia
Artemisia, the sea-captain
Cloelia the hostage
The rape of Lucretia
History
Women who risked their lives to save their husbands
A funeral eulogy
Pythias, a courageous slave-woman
On Arria
Arria's death
On Fannia
Political life
Women demonstrate and obtain repeal of the Oppian law
Sempronia, a revolutionary
A portrait of Cleopatra
Hortensia's speech
Caenis, concubine of the Emperor Vespasian
Women advocates
Electioneering
The family of Julia Domna
Women's organisations
A trade union?
A women's club
The curia of women
The women's collegium
A grant for funeral rites
The matrons
Raising money
A meeting of married women
A women's 'senate'
A plan to restore the 'senate'
Honorific inscriptions
The chaste Ase
Aufria, woman of letters
Lalla of Arneae (gymnasiarch)
A benefactress
Food for children
Eumachia
Junia Theodora
Flavia Publicia Nicomachis
Modia Quintia
Aurelia Leite
Scholasticia
Victors
A royal victor
Winner of a four-horse chariot race
Winner of a two-horse chariot race
From the Panathenaic victor lists
Women victors
Melosa
Private Life
Correct behaviour
Chastity
Greek and Roman customs compared
Imperial upbringing
Seating for gladiatorial shows
The household of P. Larcius Nicia
Education of females
The education of Eurydice
The need for educated parents
Heraidous, a girl who is learning to read
Intellectual life
Plato's female pupils
A female philosopher
Epigram on Hipparchia
A learned woman
Agrippina's memoirs
A philosopher
A Roman philosopher
Women's eloquence
Sulpicia
Sayings attributed to Aspasia by Socrates
Women and women
Biote
Praxidice and Dyseris
The dildo
Going to a festival
The go-between
Lesbians as a bad omen
A letter from a soldier's wife
Women and men
The rape of the Sabine women
'Birth control'
The courtesan Aspasia, mistress of Pericles
Disadvantages of a liberal education
Melite
Betrayal
A butcher and his wife
Graffito on a tomb
Women unfavourably compared with boy lovers
Advice on marriage
To Calpurnia Hispulla
To his wife Calpurnia
To Calpurnia
To Calpurnia
To Calpurnius Fabatus
From a husband who misses his wife
Babies
Exposure of a female child
Hiring a wet-nurse
Graxia who nursed her own children
A letter from a parent offering to pay for a wet-nurse
The philosopher Favorinus on breast-feeding
Parents and children
Posilla Senenia
A mother's request
A mother's last wish
A mother's instructions about her son's education
The good old days
Cornelia's children
A letter from Cornelia to Gaius Gracchus
Seneca to his mother
The death of the Helvidiae
The death of Minicia Marcella
Epitaph of Minicia Marcella
Julia, daughter of Augustus
Julia's wit
The home
How to train a wife
Letter from a woman about domestic matters
Letter from a woman managing an estate
Celebrations
Attempts to explain Roman marriage customs
A wedding invitation
A birthday party
Epitaphs
Phrasicleia
Bitte
Xenoclea
From a husband
A widower
Epitaph with curse
A devoted couple
From the second husband
From a father
From a mother
Occupations
Apprenticeship
An apprenticeship agreement
Self-employment
An incentive to female enterprise
Valeria Maxima, owner of a farm
Prostitution
Nemeas the aulos player
Prostitutes
The trial of the hetaera Phryne of Thespiae
The palace brothel
The senate vs. Vistilia
Justinian on pimps
Vibia Calybenis, the procuress
Graffiti
A runaway slave
Women gladiators
Freedom
Lady gladiators
In the Colosseum
Domitian's entertainment for the masses
Lion slayers
Amazons in the Colosseum
Fans
Septimius Severus calls a halt
The arts and entertainment
An exceptional tumbler
A tumbler
Aglais the trumpet-player
A harpist
Women painters
An actress
A troupe of castanet-dancers
Menophila
A citharist
Phoebe Vocontia
Twin singers
A musical family
A singer
A lutenist
Skilled labour
Handiwork
Handiwork
A weaver of gold
A reader
A dressmaker
Sales and services
A washerwoman
A society of launderers
A grocer
The women's market
A bar-maid
Other records of women's employment
Papyri
Egypt, 3rd cent. BC
Egypt, Roman Imperial period
Inscriptions
Occupations of freedwomen
Occupations of freedwomen
Occupations of freedwomen
Occupations of women, from inscriptions on gravestones
A storeroom attendant
Women in the service of the imperial household
Occupations of slaves and freedwomen in Italy
Occupations in Roman Athens
Jobs named on lead curse tablets
Medicine and Anatomy
Philosophers observe nature
Origins of the desire for procreation
The female role in generation
Menstruation
Writings of practising physicians
The Hippocratic Corpus
Intercourse, conception and pregnancy
A contraceptive
Women's illnesses
Displacement of the womb
Hysterical suffocation
Dislocation of the womb
Dropsy in the womb
The dangerous periods during pregnancy
Hysteria in virgins
Case histories
Galen
Comparison of male and female anatomy
Psychological origins of hysteria
Aretaeus of Cappadocia
The wandering womb
Inflammation of the womb
Soranus
Menstruation, conception, contraception and abortion
Childbirth: instructions for the midwife
Treatment for hysterical suffocation
Writings on medical matters by laymen
The women of Miletus (a traditional story)
Pregnancy
Treatments for diseases of the womb
The dangers of sharing a bath with women
Side effects of menstruation
Case histories from inscriptions
Epitaph for a woman who died while pregnant
Malpractice
Death in childbirth
Death in childbirth
Taking the cure
Socratea
Female medical practitioners
Physicians
Antiochis
Primilla
Terentia Prima
Four doctors
Panthia
Domnina
Midwives
Qualities and training
A midwife and physician
Epitaphs of midwives
Epitaph of a midwife
Wet-nurses
A nurse
Advice on hiring a wet-nurse
Two contracts for wet-nurses for slave children
Receipt of wages for nursing
Religion
Dionysus/Bacchus
Imported Phrygian rituals
Rules of ritual
Epitaph for a priestess
Authorisation to establish a temple
Equipment for women's orgiastic rites
Senatus consultum de bacchanalibus
Rules in the cult of Dionysus
The festival of Agrionia
Hera
Chrysis, priestess of Hera
The cult of Hera
Demeter
The story of Persephone
Thesmophoria
Regulations for women attending the festival of Demeter
The order of the procession at the Mysteries
Athena
Inscribed monument dedicated by a woman
The priestess and temple of Athena Nike
The religious duties of aristocratic young girls
A procession
Artemis
A puberty ritual
Offerings to Artemis at Brauron
Dedications to Artemis Brauronia
Ritual procedures
Aphrodite
Dedication of statues of women
Asclepius
Cures of women's diseases
Serapis
A petition to Ptolemy and Cleopatra
Vesta
Vestal Virgins
Vestal Virgins
Augustus and the Vestal Virgins
Inscription to the chief Vestal
Bona Dea
A divine portent
Desecration of the rites of the Bona Dea
Witchcraft
Medea
A love potion
Bitto's curse
Ingredients for a love charm
Epitaph with a curse
A comprehensive curse
A curse against Aristo
A curse against Aristocydes
A remedy for induration of the breasts
A remedy for ascent of the womb
Women alchemists
Priestesses
Mamia
Priestesses at the sanctuary of Hilaeira and Phoebe
Priestesses of Eileithyia and Zeus Sosipolis at Olympia
Flavia Ammon
The priestess Lalla
Tullia, priestess of Hestia
The priestess Alexandria
Tata
Cassia Victoria
Theano the arrhephoros
Thesmophane
A priestess of Demeter at Eleusis
Berenice
Flavia Vibia Sabina
Paulina, priestess of several mystery cults
Umbria Matronica
Christianity
Teachings of Paul of Tarsus on women
Teachings about women attributed to Paul
The conversion of Lydia and the exorcism of a slave-girl
St Thecla's devotion to St Paul
The martyrdom of St Perpetua
Persecution under Diocletian
Gnostic ritual
Drinking parties
Celibacy
St Macrina and her mother Emmelia
Late pagan 'saints'
The martyrdom of the pagan philosopher Hypatia
Sosipatra the philosopher
Notes
Abbreviations
Bibliography
Appendix to the third edition
Geographical and chronological concordance
Concordance of sources
Index of women and goddesses
General index

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