Goddesses, Whores, Wives and Slaves: Women in Classical Antiquity Hardcover – 1 Jun 1994
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"The classic, groundbreaking account of women’s lives in Greece and Rome… the first general treatment of women in the ancient world to reflect the critical insights of modern feminism" (Mary Beard)
"Deeply fascinating ... from Pandora to the Lemnian women who slaughtered their husbands for saying they stank, from Solon's state-controlled brothels to the scabrous writing of Juvenal and the transvestite peculariaties of Spartan marriages ... attitudes and anomalies are explored which remain valid paradigms to this day" (Observer)
"From Pandora to the Lemnian women who slaughtered their husbands for saying they stank, from Solon's state-controlled brothels, the scabrous writing of Juvenal, the transvestite peculiarities of Spartan marriage...attitudes and anomalies are explored which remain valid paradigms to this day... A scholarly and deeply fascinating study" (Christopher Wordsworth Observer)
"Professor Pomeroy's standpoint is clearly that of a reasoned and enlightened sympathy with women's aspirations. Scholars will find the book indispensable and readers will find it both instructive and enjoyable" (Hugh Lloyd-Jones) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
'The classic, groundbreaking account of women's lives in Greece and Rome... The first treatment of women in the ancient world reflect the critical insights of modern feminism'. Mary Beard, Times Literary Supplement --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product description
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I highly recommend this book for anyone who's studying the Classics and for anyone who's interested in how people in the past lived their lives and for women who don't think feminism is relevant to their lives any more - have a look at this book and see how far feminism has brought you and be grateful!
Also, if, like me, you've ever wondered why the Greeks had to go to war to get Helen of Sparta back from Troy - Pomeroy has a very convincing explantion of that too.
Starting with the Greek and Roman pantheon of goddesses, she works through a historical survey of women's lives taken from both material and literary evidence, starting with the Bronze age, working through classical Athens, the Hellenistic period, the Roman republic and through to the late empire and christianity.
Because of the vast time period covered, this is a book which surveys the reality of women's lives rather than going into specific details, but there are some excellent points made, and ample bibliography for scholars wanting more specific details. Altogether an easily-readable volume that packs a huge amount of relevant information into a very little space.
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