Pythagorean Women: Their History and Writings

Pythagorean Women: Their History and Writings

by Sarah B. Pomeroy
     
 

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In Pythagorean Women, classical scholar Sarah B. Pomeroy discusses the groundbreaking principles that Pythagoras established for family life in Archaic Greece, such as constituting a single standard of sexual conduct for women and men. Among the Pythagoreans, women played an important role and participated actively in the philosophical life. While

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In Pythagorean Women, classical scholar Sarah B. Pomeroy discusses the groundbreaking principles that Pythagoras established for family life in Archaic Greece, such as constituting a single standard of sexual conduct for women and men. Among the Pythagoreans, women played an important role and participated actively in the philosophical life. While Pythagoras encouraged women to be submissive to men, his reasoning was based on the desire to preserve harmony in the home.

Pythagorean Women provides English translations of all the earliest extant examples of literary Greek prose by Neopythagorean women, shedding light on their attitudes about marriage, the home, music, and the cosmos. Pomeroy sets the Pythagorean and Neopythagorean women vividly in their historical, ecological, and intellectual contexts, illustrated with original photographs of sites and artifacts known to these women.

Editorial Reviews

Sun News Miami - Clifford Cunningham
A delight to read... This look at the female followers of Pythagoras in ancient times is a very valuable addition to the literature.

Choice

One could hardly hope for a better guide to this subject.

Journal of Research in Gender Studies - George Lazaroiu
Pomeroy's highly informative and carefully argued book touches on significant elements of the Neopythagorean women authors. It is a welcome addition to the literature, opening up much fertile ground for future work.

Bryn Mawr Classical Review - Kai Broderson
[Pythagorean Women] will be a major impulse for future scholars to study these texts and their authors.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781421409573
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
07/16/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
200
File size:
4 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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Pamela Gordon
A book about Pythagorean women is sorely needed and long overdue. Pomeroy rectifies that situation and could fill large gaps not only in the social history of Pythagoreanism but more generally in the history of the lives of these women, including their intellectual lives.

Meet the Author

Sarah B. Pomeroy is Distinguished Professor of Classics and History Emerita at Hunter College and the Graduate School at the City University of New York. Her book Goddesses, Whores, Wives, and Slaves: Women in Classical Antiquity is widely recognized as the definitive book on the topic.

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