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Expanded and updated for this English-language translation, this book offers the first history of women in ancient Greece and Rome to be written from a legal perspective. Cantarella demonstrates how literary, anecdotal. and judicial sources can and cannot be used to discover that Greek and Roman men thought about women.
Johns Hopkins University Press
Posted July 7, 2014
Posted July 26, 2000
There are books written exclusively for the experts and books written exclusively for everyone else. The best thing about Cantarella's 'Pandora's Daughters' is that it occupies a middle ground. Her chapter on Matriarch is the best I've read anywhere, well researched with the issue understood but all sides, she gives a practicle and realistic answer to the question of such a political condition. Overall however she has a very negative view of women's roles and seems far more concerned with the upper classes than anything else. I don't find this book as realistic in its approach as her 'Bisexuality in the Ancient World'. Her section on Roman women and Christianity is weaker in terms of scholarship and amount of space than her Greece and pre-Greece sections.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.