Women's Life in Greece and Rome: A Source Book in Translation / Edition 2

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

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: 9780801844751
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1992
  • Edition description: second edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.11 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 0.94 (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.

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Table of Contents

I Women's voices
Female poets
Men's words in women's mouths
II Men's opinions
III Philosophers on the role of women
IV Legal status in the Greek world
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
Parents and children
The home
VIII Occupations
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
Bona Dea
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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