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Now in its fourth edition, this highly acclaimed sourcebook examines the public and private lives and legal status of Greek and Roman women. The texts represent women of all social classes, from public figures remembered for their deeds (or misdeeds), to priestesses, poets, and intellectuals, to working women, such as musicians, wet nurses, and prostitutes, to homemakers. The editors have selected texts from hard-to-find sources, such as inscriptions, papyri, and medical treatises, many of which have not previously been translated into English. The resulting compilation is both an invaluable aid to research and a clear guide through this complex subject.
Building on the third edition’s appendix of updates, the fourth adds many new and unusual texts and images, as well as such student-friendly features as a map and chapter overviews. Many notes and explanations have been revised with the non-classicist in mind.
|Publisher:||Johns Hopkins University Press|
|Edition description:||third edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)|
About the Author
Mary R. Lefkowitz is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities, Emerita, at Wellesley College. She is the author of Women in Greek Myth and Lives of the Greek Poets. Maureen B. Fant studied classics and archaeology at the University of Michigan and is now a writer and editor living in Rome, Italy.
Table of Contents
PREFACE TO THE FOURTH EDITION
Female poets/Men's words in women's mouths
II.PHILOSOPHERS ON THE ROLE OF WOMEN
III.LEGAL STATUS IN THE GREEK WORLD
IV.LEGAL STATUS IN THE ROMAN WORLD
Early Rome/The Roman jurists/Roman Egypt
Women's bravery in legend and history/Political life/Women's organizations/Inscriptions Honouring Benefactresses and Philanthropist
Correct behavior/Education of females/Intellectual life/Women and women/Women and men/Babies/Parents and children/The home/Celebrations/Epitaphs
Apprenticeship/Self-employment and entrepreneurship/Prostitution/Women gladiators/The arts and entertainment/Skilled labour/Sales and services/Agriculture/Other records of women's employment
VIII.MEDICINE AND ANATOMY
Philosophers observe nature/Writings of practising physicians/Writings on medical matters by laymen/Case histories from epitaphs/Female medical practitioners
Dionysus,Bacchus/Hera/Demeter,Ceres/Athena/Artemis/Aphrodite/Asclepius/Serapis/Vesta/Bona Dea/Isis/Witchcraft/Priestesses/Christianity/Late Pagan 'Saints'
CONCORDANCE OF SOURCES
What People are Saying About This
"The fourth edition not only offers a wealth of new material, but new translations and illustrations. The book is also more user-friendly for students in important ways, with more comprehensive identifications of the sources in the table of contents and individual headings, and with notes at the end of each chapter. I look forward to using the textbook in my course."
"This pioneering collection has been updated with new materials, new translations, and a wealth of references to further reading. It demands to be used not only in gender and women’s studies courses but in every ancient history and civilization class."
"New documents, new translations, and new illustrations make this revised, fourth edition a richer and more illuminating resource."