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Girls and Women in Classical Greek Religion / Edition 1

Girls and Women in Classical Greek Religion / Edition 1

by Matthew Dillon


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Girls and Women in Classical Greek Religion / Edition 1

It has often been thought that participation in fertility rituals was women's most important religious activity in classical Greece. Matthew Dillon's wide-ranging study makes it clear that women engaged in numerous other rites and cults, and that their role in Greek religion was actually more important than that of men. Women invoked the gods' help in becoming pregnant, venerated the god of wine, worshipped new and exotic deities, used magic for both erotic and pain-relieving purposes, and far more besides.
Clear and comprehensive, this volume challenges many stereotypes of Greek women and offers unexpected insights into their experience of religion. With more than fifty illustrations, and translated extracts from contemporary texts, this is an essential resource for the study of women and religion in classical Greece.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415319164
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 09/28/2003
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrationsvii
Part IPublic religious roles for girls and women7
1Women as dedicators9
2The public religious roles of girls and adolescent women in Athens37
3Women priests73
Part IISegregated and ecstatic religious rites107
4Women-only festivals109
5Women at the margins of Greek religion139
6Prostitutes, foreign women and the gods183
Part IIISacrificial and domestic rituals209
7From adolescent girl to woman, wife and mother211
8Women, sacrifice and impurity236
9Women and the corpse: mourning rituals268

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