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    Description" The first general treatment of women in the ancient world to reflect the critical insights of modern feminism. Though much debated, its position as the basic textbook on women's history in Greece and Rome has hardly been challenged." --Mary Beard, Times Literary Supplement. Illustrations.


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    Title
    Goddesses, Whores, Wives and Slaves
    Subtitle
    Women in Classical Antiquity
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Sarah B. Pomeroy
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 267
    Width: 132 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 272 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780805210309
    ISBN 10: 080521030X
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25540
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBG
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: JFFK
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    Ingram Theme: APPR/CLASSA
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP090
    Ingram Theme: SEXL/FEMINE
    Ingram Subject Code: SO
    Libri: I-SO
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN, CULT/GREECE
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 51
    BISAC V2.8: SOC010000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002010, SOC028000
    LC subject heading: , , ,
    DC21: 305.420938
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 305.42/0938, 305.420938
    LC classification: HQ1134 .P64 1995, HQ1134.P64
    Thema V1.0: NHB, JBSF11, NHC
    Edition
    2, New edition
    Edition statement
    New edition
    Publisher
    Schocken Books
    Imprint name
    Schocken Books
    Publication date
    01 January 1998
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Review quote
    "The first general treatment of women in the ancient world to reflect the critical insights of modern feminism. Though much debated, its position as the basic textbook on women's history in Greece and Rome has hardly been challenged."--Mary Beard, Times Literary Supplement "Pomeroy's pioneering study on the status and activities of women in antiquity was, and has remained, a milestone in classical historiography."--Peter Green, Univerity of Texas at Austin
    Review text
    An intelligent but spotty book that should have been much longer and more rigorously organized. One learns a lot, but Pomeroy's methodological vagueness results in dribs and dabs of seemingly arbitrarily selected information. Scholars will like the author's caution about throwing female-chauvinist brickbats and feminists will find some chilling facts about the origins of modern sexism - but, conversely, both will be annoyed at concessions to the expectations of the other. The weakest and most tentative sections are on Greek mythology (a list of goddesses with a few timid but unprovable psychological and historical speculations) and drama (sketchy, unimaginative descriptions of a few major heroines). On the other hand, things pick up a lot when we get to the actual legal and social position of women. Here Pomeroy gives specific and illuminating detail about dowries, living arrangements, population control (chiefly through infanticide), and the rights of slaves. It's clear that women were much better off under the Romans than the Greeks, and the Roman model of the family distributes domestic responsibilities much more evenhandedly than the modern nuclear family - as evidenced by flexible Roman divorce practices. But throughout antiquity being a woman entailed actual physical hardship we can barely imagine, beginning with the smaller amounts of food given to female children and culminating in an appallingly short life expectancy (five to ten - or more - years less than for men). By way of diversion from these grim truths, the illustrations include some remarkably frank scenes, like masturbation with leather phalluses - remember your Aristophanes? (Kirkus Reviews)
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    "The first general treatment of women in the ancient world to reflect the critical insights of modern feminism. Though much debated, its position as the basic textbook on women's history in Greece and Rome has hardly been challenged."--Mary Beard, Times Literary Supplement. Illustrations.
    Table of contents
    1. Goddesses and Gods 2. Women in the Bronze Age and Homeric Epic 3. The Dark Age and the Archaic Period 4. Women and the City of Athens 5. Private Life in Classical Athens 6. Images of Women in the Literature of Classical Athens 7. Hellenistic Women 8. The Roman Matron of the Late Republic and Early Empire 9. Women of the Roman Lower Classes 10. The Role of Women in the Religion of the Romans Epilogue: The Elusive Women of Classical Antiquity