A History of Women in the West, Volume I: From Ancient Goddesses to Christian Saints

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1992 Hardcover New jacket First Edition. New. Unread. No markings in book. From the DJ flap: The inaugural volume brings women from the margins of ancient history into the ... fore. It offers fresh insight into more than twenty centuries of Greek and Roman history and encompasses a landscape that stretches from the North Sea to the Mediterranean and from the Pillars of Hercules to the banks of the Indus. The authors draw upon a wide range of sources including gravestones, floor plans, papyrus rolls, vase paintings, and literary works to i. Read more Show Less

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Cambridge, Massachusetts and London England 1992 Hardcover 1st Printing of this ed.. Originally published as Storia delle 572 pages. Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. ... WOMEN'S STUDIES. Informed by the work of distinguished historians, this volume sets before us an engaging, panoramic chronicle that extends from antiquity to many of the Christian saints. This inaugural volume brings women from the margins of ancient history into the fore. It offers fresh insight into more than twenty centuries of Greek and Roman history and encompasses a landscape that stretches from the North Sea to the Mediterranean and from the Pillars of Hercules to the banks of the Indus. The authors draw upon a wide range of sources including gravestones, floor plans, papyrus rolls, vase paintings, and literary works to illustrate how representations of women evolved during this age. They journey into the minds of men and bring to light an imaginative history of women and of the relations between the sexes. Translated into En Read more Show Less

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Informed by the work of seventy-five distinguished historians, this five-volume series sets before us an engaging, panoramic chronicle that extends from antiquity to the present day.

The inaugural volume brings women from the margins of ancient history into the fore. It offers fresh insight into more than twenty centuries of Greek and Roman history and encompasses a landscape that stretches from the North Sea to the Mediterranean and from the Pillars of Hercules to the banks of the Indus. The authors draw upon a wide range of sources including gravestones, floor plans, papyrus rolls, vase paintings, and literary works to illustrate how representations of women evolved during this age. They journey into the minds of men and bring to light an imaginative history of women and of the relations between the sexes.

Informed by the work of 75 distinguished historians, this five-volume series sets before us an engaging, panoramic chronicle that extends from antiquity to the present day. Volume One offers fresh insight into more than 20 centuries of Greek and Roman history to illustrate how representations of women evolved during this age. 84 illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

L'Express

A stellar cast of historians from many countries here examines women's bodies, hearts, and minds and explores their nature and role...Their investigation pinpoints the changes that have taken place in a colonized continent...The road to freedom is long. We look forward to visiting subsequent stations along the way.
— Anne Pons

Le Nouvel Observateur

A bold new enterprise that will no doubt stand as a milestone in European history.
— Laurent Theis

Times Higher Education Supplement

[This book contains] a wealth of knowledge and a scholarly scrupulosity which bodes well for its successors.
— Helen Hackett

Times Literary Supplement

A series of carefully interrelated essays that form the first volume of a five-part encyclopedic history of women...[This work] marks the rapid development over the past twenty years in the study of women in the ancient world.
— Mary Beard

Library Journal
A welcome new installment of the acclaimed series (Vol. 4: American Feminism from Revolution to World War , LJ 9/15/93), Volume 5 surveys Western women's history through the 1980s. Again, the focus is not strictly chronological; the work examines the social factors of the 20th century in the context of traditional women's issues. The consequences of Freud and Marx; two world wars; nationalism and fascism; reproductive legislation; the bioethical rights of family members; and the feminist movement have created a century of drastic and not always beneficial change. Conspicuously absent are significant treatments of the contributions of American women to 20th-century feminism, though they are acknowledged in the introduction. That criticism aside, this volume and the entire set are essential for all but the smallest libraries. The contributors and editors deserve accolades.-- Jenny Presnell, Miami Univ. Libs., Oxford, Ohio
Library Journal
This five-volume work addresses the history of women from the ancients to the 1980s. Editors George Duby et al. state that this series of books "is the product of a revolution--an ongoing, far-reaching revolution in the relations between men and women in Western societies." It therefore focuses on the western European experience with some attention to North America and "is intended to be not so much a history of women as a history of the relation between the sexes" because that is "the crux of the problem, the source of women's identity and otherness." Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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The goal is more a history of relations between the sexes rather than a history of women. Translated from the Italian Storia delle Donne in Occidente, v.1: L'Antichita (Gius. Laterza & Figli Spa, Roma- Bari, 1990), this is the first volume of a five-volume work. The western European experience is the primary focus, with some attention given to North America. Many different and contradictory points of view are expressed; as the brief introduction to the English edition points out, the essays have a somewhat different slant from what might have been produced had an Anglo-American team organized the project. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674403703
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1992
  • Series: History of Women in the West Series
  • Pages: 600
  • Product dimensions: 6.56 (w) x 9.55 (h) x 1.54 (d)

Meet the Author

Georges Duby, a member of the Académie Française, is Professor of Medieval History at the Collège de France.

Michelle Perrot is Professor of Contemporary History at the Université de Paris VII.

Arthur Goldhammer received the French-American Translation Prize in 1990 for his translation of A Critical Dictionary of the French Revolution.

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Table of Contents

A New Kind of History
Natalie Zemon Davis and Joan Wallach Scott

Writing the History of Women
Georges Duby and Michelle Perrot

Representations of Women
Pauline Schmitt Pantel

1. Feminine Models of the Ancient World

1. What is a Goddess?
Nicole Loraux

2. The Sexual Philosophies of Plato and Aristotle
Giulia Sissa

3. The Division of the Sexes in Roman Law
Yan Thomas

4. Figures of Women
François Lissarrague

2. Traditional Rituals Women Share

5. Marriage in Ancient Greece
Claudine Leduc

6. Body Politics in Ancient Rome
Aline Rousselle

7. Pandora's Daughters and Rituals in Grecian Cities
Louise Bruit Zaidman

8. The Religious Roles of Roman Women
John Scheid

9. Early Christian Women
Monique Alexandre

3. Yesterday and Today

10. Creating a Myth of Matriarchy
Stella Georgoudi

11. Women and Ancient History Today
Pauline Schmitt Pantel

The Woman's Voice

Notes

Bibliography

Contributors

Illustration Credits

Index

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