Women Writers of Ancient Greece and Rome: An Anthology / Edition 1

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"A comprehensive anthology, carefully researched, Women Writers of Ancient Greece and Rome has the considerable merit of making available in English translation authors who have never been translated at all, or whose work can be found only by professional scholars."-Mary Lefkowitz, coeditor of Women's Life in Greece and Rome

Despite a common perception that most writing in antiquity was produced by men, some important literature written by women during this period has survived. Edited by I. M. Plant, Women Writers of Ancient Greece and Rome is a comprehensive anthology of the surviving literary texts of women writers from the Graeco-Roman world that offers new English translations from the works of more than fifty women.

From Sappho, who lived in the seventh century B.C., to Eudocia and Egeria of the fifth century A.D., the texts presented here come from a wide range of sources and span the fields of poetry and prose. Each author is introduced with a critical review of what we know about the writer, her work, and its significance, along with a discussion of the texts that follow. A general introduction looks into the problem of the authenticity of some texts attributed to women and places their literature into the wider literary and social contexts of the ancient Graeco-Roman world.

I. M. Plant is Lecturer in Ancient History at Macquarie University, New South Wales, Australia

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806136226
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 278
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

I. M. Plant is Lecturer in Ancient History at Macquarie University, New South Wales, Australia.

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Table of Contents

List of abbreviations
Introduction 1
1 Sappho 10
2 Cleobulina 29
3 Telesilla 33
4 Myrtis 36
5 Praxilla 38
6 Aspasia 41
7 Eurydice 43
8 Philaenis 45
9 Erinna 48
10 Hedyle 53
11 Anyte 56
12 Moero 61
13 Nossis 63
14 Nicobule 67
15 Theano 68
16 Perictione I & II 76
17 Myia 79
18 Aesara 81
19 Melissa 83
20 Phintys 84
21 Ptolemais 87
22 Boeo 90
23 Corinna 92
24 Melinno 99
25 Cornelia 101
26 Hortensia 104
27 Sulpicia 106
28 Philinna 112
29 Syra 114
30 Salpe 115
31 Elephantis 118
32 Lais 119
33 Olympias 121
34 Sotira 122
35 Timaris 123
36 Sulpicia II 124
37 Pamphila 127
38 Maria 130
39 Cleopatra 135
40 Cleopatra (Alchemist) 145
41 Dionysia 148
42 Caecilia Trebulla 149
43 Julia Balbilla 151
44 Terentia 155
45 Demo 157
46 Fabulla 159
47 Maia 161
48 Samithra 162
49 Xanite 163
50 Perpetua 164
51 Theosebeia 169
52 Proba 170
53 Egeria 189
54 Eudocia 198
55 Eucheria 210
Bibliography 213
Editions used and sources of fragments 221
Glossary 229
Attested Greek and Roman women writers 243
Attested verse oracles 250
Chronological survey of women writers 251
Select tables of comparative numeration 253
Maps 254
Index of authors and works cited 256
General index 264
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