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Women and Slaves in Classical Culture examines how ancient societies were organized around slave-holding and the subordination of women to reveal how women and slaves interacted with one another in both the cultural representations and the social realities of the ...

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Women and Slaves in Greco-Roman Culture: Differential Equations

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Overview

Women and Slaves in Classical Culture examines how ancient societies were organized around slave-holding and the subordination of women to reveal how women and slaves interacted with one another in both the cultural representations and the social realities of the Greco-Roman world.
The contributors explore a broad range of evidence including:
* the mythical constructions of epic and drama
* the love poems of Ovid
* the Greek medical writers
* Augustine's autobiography
* a haunting account of an unnamed Roman slave
* the archaeological remains of a slave mining camp near Athens.
They argue that the distinctions between male and female and servile and free were inextricably connected.
This erudite and well-documented book provokes questions about how we can hope to recapture the experience and subjectivity of ancient women and slaves and addresses the ways in which femaleness and servility interacted with other forms of difference, such as class, gender and status. Women and Slaves in Classical Culture offers a stimulating and frequently controversial insight into the complexities of gender and status in the Greco-Roman world.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780415162296
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/28/1998
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Sandra R. Joshel teaches ancient history, myth and culture and women's studies in the Liberal Arts Department of the New England Conservatory of Music. She is the author of Work, Identity and Legal Status at Rome: A Study of the Occupational Inscriptions (1992). Sheila Murnaghan is Associate Professor of Classical Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of Disguise and Recognition in the Odyssey (1987).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Notes on contributors
1 Introduction: Differential equations 1
2 Female slaves in the Odyssey 22
3 "I, whom she detested so bitterly": Slavery and the violent division of women in Aeschylus' Oresteia 35
4 Slaves with slaves: Women and class in Euripidean tragedy 56
5 Women and slaves as Hippocratic patients 69
6 Symbols of gender and status hierarchies in the Roman household 85
7 Villains, wives, and slaves in the comedies of Plautus 92
8 Women, slaves and the hierarchies of domestic violence: The family of St. Augustine 109
9 Mastering corruption: Constructions of identity in Roman oratory 130
10 Loyal slaves and loyal wives: The crisis of the outsider-within and Roman exemplum literature 152
11 Servitium amoris: Amor servitu 174
12 Remaining invisible: The archaeology of the excluded in Classical Athens 193
13 Cracking the code of silence: Athenian legal oratory and the histories of slaves and women 221
14 Notes on a membrum disiectum 236
Bibliography 256
Index 277
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