Women in Greek Myth / Edition 2

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Overview

In the first edition of Women in Greek Myth, Mary R. Lefkowitz convincingly challenged narrow, ideological interpretations of the roles of female characters in Greek mythology. Where some scholars saw the Amazons as the last remnant of a forgotten matriarchy, Clytemnestra as a frustrated individualist, and Antigone as an oppressed revolutionary, Lefkowitz argued that such views were justified neither by the myths themselves nor by the relevant documentary evidence. Concentrating on those aspects of women’s experience most often misunderstood—life apart from men, marriage, influence in politics, self-sacrifice and martyrdom, and misogyny—she presented a far less negative account of the role of Greek women, both ordinary and extraordinary, as manifested in the central works of Greek literature.

This updated and expanded edition includes six new chapters on such topics as heroic women in Greek epic, seduction and rape in Greek myth, and the parts played by women in ancient rites and festivals. Revisiting the original chapters as well to incorporate two decades of more recent scholarship, Lefkowitz again shows that what Greek men both feared and valued in women was not their sexuality but their intelligence.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Choice

The evidence Lefkowitz provides in the new chapters bolsters her claims and makes this edition a necessary replacement of the former.

Classical World
An intelligent, readable, and useful analysis of the issues bearing on the status of women in ancient myth and society.
New England Classical Journal
Exemplifies the characteristics of philological mastery, poetic insight, historical understanding, and lucid style that we have come to expect in a book by Mary Lefkowitz.
Observer
A smashing book in every sense of the word.
Choice
The evidence Lefkowitz provides in the new chapters bolsters her claims and makes this edition a necessary replacement of the former.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801886508
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 6/15/2007
  • Edition description: second edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 1,179,695
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary R. Lefkowitz is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in Humanities emerita at Wellesley College and coeditor of Women's Life in Greece and Rome, also published by Johns Hopkins.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents


Preface to Second Edition     ix
Preface to First Edition     xv
Princess Ida and the Amazons     1
The Powers of the Primeval Goddesses     14
The Heroic Women of Greek Epic     25
Chosen Women     42
Seduction and Rape     54
"Predatory" Goddesses     70
The Last Hours of the Parthenos     82
Women in the Panathenaic and Other Festivals     95
Women without Men     106
Wives     122
Influential Women     139
Martyrs     153
Misogyny     168
Epilogue     186
List of Abbreviations     191
Notes     193
References     219
Index     233
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