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    DescriptionWhat activities did the women of ancient Greece perform in the sphere of ritual, and what were the meanings of such activities for them and their culture? By offering answers to these questions, this study aims to recover and reconstruct an important dimension of the lived experience of ancient Greek women. A comprehensive and sophisticated investigation of the ritual roles of women in ancient Greece, it draws on a wide range of evidence from across the Greek world, including literary and historical texts, inscriptions, and vase-paintings, to assemble a portrait of women as religious and cultural agents, despite the ideals of seclusion within the home and exclusion from public arenas that we know restricted their lives. As she builds a picture of the extent and diversity of women's ritual activity, Barbara Goff shows that they were entrusted with some of the most important processes by which the community guaranteed its welfare. She examines the ways in which women's ritual activity addressed issues of sexuality and civic participation, showing that ritual could offer women genuinely alternative roles and identities even while it worked to produce wives and mothers who functioned well in this male-dominated society. Moving to more speculative analysis, she discusses the possibility of a women's subculture focused on ritual and investigates the significance of ritual in women's poetry and vase-paintings that depict women. She also includes a substantial exploration of the representation of women as ritual agents in fifth-century Athenian drama.


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    Title
    Citizen Bacchae
    Subtitle
    Women's Ritual Practice in Ancient Greece
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Barbara Goff
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 413
    Width: 154 mm
    Height: 230 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 739 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780520239982
    ISBN 10: 0520239989
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: REL
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.6
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    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAG
    BIC subject category V2: HRKP
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    Ingram Subject Code: LC
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    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15540
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    BISAC V2.8: REL072000
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 35
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    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000, LIT004190, SOC032000
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    DC22: 880.9/355
    LC classification: PA3015.W65 G65 2004
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    LC classification: 2003011740
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    BISAC region code: 1.7.3.0.0.0.0
    Ingram Theme: INDS/WOMSTD
    Thema V1.0: NK, DB, JBSF, NHC, QRA, QRS
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    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Illustrations note
    11 b/w photographs, 1 map
    Publisher
    University of California Press
    Imprint name
    University of California Press
    Publication date
    14 June 2004
    Publication City/Country
    Berkerley
    Author Information
    Barbara Goff is Lecturer in Classics at the University of Reading. She is editor of History, Tragedy, Theory: Dialogues on Athenian Drama (1995) and author of The Noose of Words: Readings of Desire, Violence, and Language in Euripides' Hippolytos (1990).
    Table of contents
    List of Illustrations Acknowledgments List of Abbreviations Introduction 1. Working Toward a Material Presence 2. Ritual Management of Desire: The Reproduction of Sexuality 3. In and Out of the City: Imaginary Citizens 4. Representing Women: Ritual as a Cultural Resource 5. Women Represented: Ritual in Drama References Index