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an interesting and well researched study,
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This review is from: Portrait of a Priestess: Women and Ritual in Ancient Greece (Paperback)
The precise role of the female cultic functionaries of antiquity is elusive. There is nothing quite like it in contemporary society, and it is difficult to imagine. Many of those things were not systematically recorded or described, but were assumed or habitually repeated without comment, except obliquely, without explanation, assuming the readers or listeners would know the rest. It is frustrating for us, for we do not, and have little to work upon. Dr Connolly fills in the gaps as far as humanly possible by surveying epigraphic, textual, and artistic evidence to build up a compelling case for the recreation of those roles and functions within the polis of Hellenistic antiquity, and gives a much more full and coloured image with which to compliment our understanding of all aspects of Classical antiquity.
My only reservation is about her last section on the early church which is not so well referenced and where Dr Connolly frankly seems out of her depth. Here she presents wishful thinking rather than the rigorously evidenced conclusions elsewhere in the book.
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