History of Women in the West, Volume IV: Emerging Feminism from Revolution to World War / Edition 1

History of Women in the West, Volume IV: Emerging Feminism from Revolution to World War / Edition 1

by Georges Duby
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674403665

ISBN-13: 9780674403666

Pub. Date: 07/21/1998

Publisher: Harvard

In the words of the general editors, A History of Women seeks "to understand women's place in society, their condition, the roles they played and the powers they possessed, their silence, their speech, and their deeds. It is the variety of the representations of women--as gods, Madonnas, witches, and so on--that we hope to capture, in its permanence as well as its…  See more details below

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In the words of the general editors, A History of Women seeks "to understand women's place in society, their condition, the roles they played and the powers they possessed, their silence, their speech, and their deeds. It is the variety of the representations of women--as gods, Madonnas, witches, and so on--that we hope to capture, in its permanence as well as its many transformations." 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. The authors' deft analysis 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. In the minds of the ancients, the roles for which women were destined were silent ones: motherhood and homemaking, tasks relegated to obscurity by scribes who focused exclusively on the deeds of men. Even the census neglected women; in Rome, only heiresses were counted. But the dearth of information about women in official archives and the near absence of writing by women from this era stand in stark contrast to the astonishing profusion of texts and images created by men that are concerned with women and gender. The number of women's representations is astonishing. The authors draw upon sources ranging from gravestones to floor plans, from stele inscriptions to papyrus rolls, from vase paintings to Greek and Roman literary works, to illustrate how representations of women evolved during this age. They journey into the minds of men--from the Greeks imagining their goddesses to the Church Fathers inventing the figure of the martyred female saint--and bring to light an imaginative history of women and of the relations between the sexes. The authors explore select aspects o

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674403666
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
07/21/1998
Series:
History of Women in the West Series
Edition description:
Revised Edition
Pages:
652
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

A New Kind of History
Writing the History of Women
Representations of Women1
1Feminine Models of the Ancient World9
1What is a Goddess?11
2The Sexual Philosophies of Plato and Aristotle46
3The Division of the Sexes in Roman Law83
4Figures of Women139
2Traditional Rituals Women Share231
5Marriage in Ancient Greece233
6Body Politics in Ancient Rome296
7Pandora's Daughters and Rituals in Grecian Cities338
8The Religious Roles of Roman Women377
9Early Christian Women409
3Yesterday and Today445
10Creating a Myth of Matriarchy449
11Women and Ancient History Today464
The Woman's Voice473
Notes481
Bibliography543
Contributors557
Illustration Credits559
Index561

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