Women in the Classical World: Image and Text

Information about women is scattered throughout the fragmented mosaic of ancient history The vivid poetry of Sappho survived antiquity on remnants of damaged papyrus, riddled with gaps The inscription on a beautiful fourth century B.C.E grave praises the virtues of Mnesarete, an Athenian woman who died young, but we do not know if the grave s marble stele shows MnesaretInformation about women is scattered throughout the fragmented mosaic of ancient history The vivid poetry of Sappho survived antiquity on remnants of damaged papyrus, riddled with gaps The inscription on a beautiful fourth century B.C.E grave praises the virtues of Mnesarete, an Athenian woman who died young, but we do not know if the grave s marble stele shows Mnesarete, or simply a ready made design chosen by her family We read that on one occasion in the fourth century a great number of Roman wives were given a collective public trial and found guilty of poisoning their husbands, but we can only guess whether these poisonings were invented, or were linked to a high occurrence of accidental food poisoning, or to something sinister Apart from the legends of Cleopatra, Dido, and Lucretia, and images of graceful maidens dancing on urns, the evidence about the lives of women of the classical world visual, archaeological, and written has remained little known and little understood Now, the lavishly illustrated and meticulously researched Women in the Classical World lifts the curtain on the women of ancient Greece and Rome, from slaves and prostitutes, to Athenian housewives, to Rome s imperial family The first book on classical women to give equal weight to written texts and artistic representations, it brings together a great wealth of materials poetry, vase painting, legislation, medical treatises, architecture, religion and funerary art, women s ornaments, historical epics, political speeches, even ancient coins to present women in the historical and cultural context of their time Written by leading experts in the fields of ancient history and art history,women s studies, and Greek and Roman literature, the book s chronological arrangement allows the changing roles of women to unfold over a thousand year period, beginning in the eighth century B.C.E The authors seek out and present ancient literature that preserves women s own voices.
Women in the Classical World Image and Text Information about women is scattered throughout the fragmented mosaic of ancient history The vivid poetry of Sappho survived antiquity on remnants of damaged papyrus riddled with gaps The inscription

  • Title: Women in the Classical World: Image and Text
  • Author: Elaine Fantham Helene Peet Foley Natalie Boymel Kampen Sarah B. Pomeroy H. Alan Shapiro
  • ISBN: 9780195098624
  • Page: 334
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Women in the Classical World: Image and Text”

    1. Archaic Greece, classical Greece, the Hellenistic world (including Egypt, where the papyri survive better than records elsewhere), a little on Etruscans, republican Rome, imperial Rome. . . . a fair amount of ground.And not evenly treated for the simple reason that information for some eras is sparser than for others. In archaic Greece, we have the statuary, some poetry, a few inscription, pottery showing them in mourning -- classical Greece has, for instance, all the philosophers and physicians [...]

    2. Had to read this for sources to do with school, and it was relatively helpful in conveying how the Spartan women were portrayed in Ancient Greek (Which is my focus on the assignment)So it was very helpful and interesting

    3. A comprehensive general introduction to the topic. It won't add anything new for those who are already well-versed in the subject, but I'd imagine it would be a very good resource for undergrad students or those with a non-academic interest in ancient women.

    4. A textbook for a Women in Antiquity Course, which I ended up finishing out of curiosity. It had a really nice, engaging presentation of the material, and helped spark some lovely conversations.

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