Women's Roles in Ancient Civilizations: A Reference Guide / Edition 1

Women's Roles in Ancient Civilizations: A Reference Guide / Edition 1

by Bella Vivante
     
 

ISBN-10: 0313301271

ISBN-13: 9780313301278

Pub. Date: 06/30/1999

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

Knowledge about the roles of women in ancient civilizations has been limited to traditionally held notions, but recent discoveries and research have led to exciting insights into the great variety of ways in which women contributed to ancient cultures. This reference work, designed for student research, features lengthy essays and a wealth of new information about

Overview

Knowledge about the roles of women in ancient civilizations has been limited to traditionally held notions, but recent discoveries and research have led to exciting insights into the great variety of ways in which women contributed to ancient cultures. This reference work, designed for student research, features lengthy essays and a wealth of new information about women's roles in twelve ancient civilizations around the world—China, India, Japan, Mesopotamia, the Levant, Egypt, West Africa, Greece, Rome, the Maya, the Inca, and Native North America.

Historical studies have tended to ignore women's roles in ancient civilizations and to devalue their contributions to the community. These essays examine women's religious, political, public, economic, and domestic roles, their legal status, creative expression in art and literature, and notions of beauty. Students can then compare women's roles across cultures. The contributors, each of whom is a subject specialist, examine not only the nature of women's limitations in patriarchal culture but the ways in which women often succeeded, despite these limitations, in becoming agents of social change. Each essay begins with a timeline of events in the history of that culture to place the narrative in historical context, and concludes with suggestions for further reading about women in that culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313301278
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/30/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
408
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.94(d)
Lexile:
1390L (what's this?)
Age Range:
15 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction

Asia: The Far East

Women in Ancient China

Women in Ancient India

Women in Ancient Japan

Asia: The Near East

Women in Ancient Mesopotamia

Women in Ancient Levant

Africa

Women in Ancient Egypt

Women in Ancient West Africa

The Mediterranean

Women in Ancient Greece

Women in Ancient Roman Civilization

The Americas

Women in Ancient Mesoamerica

Women in the Ancient Andes

Native America in North America: Ojibway and Iroquois

Glossary

Index

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