Women's Life in Greece and Rome: A Source Book in Translation / Edition 3

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Overview

This highly acclaimed collection provides a unique look into the public and private lives and legal status of Greek and Roman women of all social classes-from wet nurses, prostitutes, and gladiatrixes to poets, musicians, intellectuals, priestesses, and housewives. The third edition adds new texts to sections throughout the book, vividly describing women's sentiments and circumstances through readings on love, bereavement, and friendship, as well as property rights, breast cancer, female circumcision, and women's roles in ancient religions, including Christianity and pagan cults.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

London Review of Books

The modern reader can enter the ancient world through this text.

Times Educational Supplement

This admirable source book will be widely used.

Religious Studies Review
This text will continue to be of significant value to students and scholars alike who wish to research women in the ancient world.

— Marian Osbourne Berky

Choice

The choice of materials is excellent... Although the book is designed for classroom use, it provides an excellent introduction to the field as a whole.

JACT Review

Invaluable in providing not only 'mainstream' authors but much less accessible items.

The History Teacher

Without doubt this book should be favorable received by students and scholars alike. Copious anecdotes, funerary inscriptions, legal and philosophical tracts serve to illuminate fully the position of women in Classical antiquity... Women's Life in Greece and Rome accomplishes with erudition, grace, and humor its aim.

New England Classical Journal
Throughout the history of this text, as the dust jacket for the first edition attests, 'what remains unchanged is the extraordinary power of these writings and the eloquence with which they speak for and about women in the ancient world.'

— Phyllis B. Katz

Bryn Mawr Classical Review

In its third incarnation, Women's Life in Greece and Rome should remain a staple reference work for undergraduates and scholars alike.

Mouseion: Journal of Classical Association of Canada
This commendable and successful work continues to generate plenty of discussion both in and out of the classroom and has clearly been a force behind the application of new methodologies in the area of women in antiquity.

— Lisa Hughes

New England Classical Journal - Phyllis B. Katz

Throughout the history of this text, as the dust jacket for the first edition attests, 'what remains unchanged is the extraordinary power of these writings and the eloquence with which they speak for and about women in the ancient world.'

Religious Studies Review - Marian Osbourne Berky

This text will continue to be of significant value to students and scholars alike who wish to research women in the ancient world.

Mouseion: Journal of Classical Association of Canada - Lisa Hughes

This commendable and successful work continues to generate plenty of discussion both in and out of the classroom and has clearly been a force behind the application of new methodologies in the area of women in antiquity.

Booknews
Over 450 short works and excerpts reveal the life of women in classical Greece and Rome. Included are women's voices in poetry and women characters' speeches by men playwrights, men and philosophers' opinions, and documents on legal status, public and private life, occupations, medicine, and religion. Greatly expanded from the 1980 first edition. Paper edition (unseen), $14.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801883101
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2005
  • Edition description: third edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 407,678
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary R. Lefkowitz is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in Humanities emerita at Wellesley. Maureen B. Fant is an independent writer and scholar living in Rome.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

I Women's voices
Female poets
Men's words in women's mouths
II Men's opinions
Praise
Invective
III Philosophers on the role of women
IV Legal status in the Greek world
Crete
Athens
Amorgos
Sparta
Egypt
V Legal status in the Roman world
Early Rome
The Roman jurists
Roman Egypt
VI Public life
Women's bravery in legend and history
Political life
Women's organisations
Honorific inscriptions
VII Private life
Correct behaviour
Education of females
Intellectual life
Women and women
Women and men
Babies
Parents and children
The home
Celebrations
Epitaphs
VIII Occupations
Apprenticeship
Self-employment
Prostitution
Women gladiators
The arts and entertainment
Skilled labour
Sales and services
Other records of women's employment
IX Medicine and anatomy
Philosophers observe nature
Writings of practising physicians
Writings on medical matters by laymen
Case histories from inscriptions
Female medical practitioners
X Religion
Dionysus/Bacchus
Hera
Demeter
Athena
Artemis
Aphrodite
Asclepius
Serapis
Vesta
Bona Dea
Witchcraft
Priestesses
Christianity
Late pagan 'saints'
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2004

    Women's Life in Greece and Rome: A Source Book in Translation For women about wemen

    I have just recently purchased a copy of Women's Life in Greece and Rome: A Source Book in Translation by Mary R. Lefkowitz (Editor), Maureen B. Fant (Editor) for educational purposes. This book is great to take with you when you think you may have some extra time to fill for example waiting at the doctor or on a bus. The readings are considerably small because they go directly to the heart of the matter. It is helpful to be able to read passages without investing a large amount of time yet brief encounter with the text leave you mind wanting to read more. This text is a great resource for information on the lives of individuals in Ancient Greece but focus mainly on the views inflicted upon women by the opposite sex. There are a wide variety of topics discussed in the text such as rape, murder, marriage, daily life, and many more. This text is a collection of texts written by mostly men as they degrade and suppress women in a patriotical way. Some of the included text will can make you feel horrified which I consider a good thing because it helps women and man readers to experience the thoughts expressed in the text an how anti female can be. Reading this text helps me gain a better understanding of the gains made by women and also shows me all the work we still need to do. This book teaches history as well as women¿s studies issues and is a great way to learn about our past from its beginnings.

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