Ancient Stepmothers: Myth, Misogyny and Reality

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Ancient Stepmothers is the first full-length study of the stepmother in Graeco-Roman antiquity. Several perspectives are covered: literary, historical and sociological, the last-mentioned making use of comparative material from modern studies of stepfamilies.
The portrayal of the stepmother in myth and literature is thoroughly explored. The historical background in Athens and Rome is examined with a view to determining the relationship between ...

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Overview

Ancient Stepmothers is the first full-length study of the stepmother in Graeco-Roman antiquity. Several perspectives are covered: literary, historical and sociological, the last-mentioned making use of comparative material from modern studies of stepfamilies.
The portrayal of the stepmother in myth and literature is thoroughly explored. The historical background in Athens and Rome is examined with a view to determining the relationship between fiction and real life.
The book makes an important contribution to the study of both literary history and family relationships: in particular, it sheds light on attitudes to women, the portrayal of the stepmother being an outstanding illustration of misogynistic prejudice. It will also interest sociologists wishing to place studies of the contemporary stepfamily in a wider historical context: for this reason, all Greek and Latin is translated into English.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004101760
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/1/1994
  • Series: Mnemosyne, Supplements Series , #143
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.68 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

Patricia A. Watson, M.A. hons. (Sydney), Ph.D. (Toronto). is Senior Lecturer in Classics at the University of Sydney. Apart from articles related to the current work, she has also published on Ovid, Martial and the Latin poetic language.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Abbreviations
I Introduction 1
II Stepmothers in Greek Myth 20
III Stepmothers in Classical Athens 50
IV The Saeva Noverca in Roman Literature 92
V Stepmothers in Roman Life 135
VI Historical Figures: Livia, Agrippina and Octavia 176
VII Conclusion 207
Appendix One: The Stepmother Myths 223
Appendix Two: Origins of the Stepmothers Myths 239
Appendix Three: The Stepmother in the Folktale 258
Appendix Four: Establishing a List of Inscriptions 267
Selected Bibliography 272
General Index 279
Index of Passages Discussed 285
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