A History of Women in the West, Volume I: From Ancient Goddesses to Christian Saints

A History of Women in the West, Volume I: From Ancient Goddesses to Christian Saints


Volume editor Pauline Schmitt Pantel, Series edited by Georges Duby, Series edited by Michelle Perrot, Translated by Arthur Goldhammer

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  • Publisher: The Belknap Press
  • Format: Paperback | 600 pages
  • Dimensions: 157mm x 229mm x 30mm | 862g
  • Publication date: 12 April 1994
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge, Mass.
  • ISBN 10: 067440369X
  • ISBN 13: 9780674403697
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: 9 tables, 8 line illustrations, 63 halftones
  • Sales rank: 851,015

Product description

Based on the studies of 75 distinguished historians, this five-volume series presents an engaging, panoramic chronicle on the study of women that extends from antiquity to the present day. This inaugural volume offers fresh insight into more than 20 centuries of Greek and Roman history and encompasses a landscape that streches from the North Sea to the Mediterranean, and from the Pillars of Hercules to the banks of the Indus. The authors draw upon a wide range of sources including gravestones, floor plans, papyrus rolls, vase paintings, and literary works to illustrate how representations of women evolved during this age.

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Author information

Georges Duby, a member of the Academie Francaise, is Professor of Medieval History at the College de France. Michelle Perrot is Professor of Contemporary History at the Universite de Paris VII. Arthur Goldhammer received the French-American Translation Prize in 1990 for his translation of A Critical Dictionary of the French Revolution.

Review quote

[This book contains] a wealth of knowledge and a scholarly scrupulosity which bodes well for its successors. -- Helen Hackett Times Higher Education Supplement A series of carefully interrelated essays that form the first volume of a five-part encyclopedic history of women...[This work] marks the rapid development over the past twenty years in the study of women in the ancient world. -- Mary Beard Times Literary Supplement A stellar cast of historians from many countries here examines women's bodies, hearts, and minds and explores their nature and role...Their investigation pinpoints the changes that have taken place in a colonized continent...The road to freedom is long. We look forward to visiting subsequent stations along the way. -- Anne Pons L'Express A bold new enterprise that will no doubt stand as a milestone in European history. -- Laurent Theis Le Nouvel Observateur

Table of contents

A New Kind of History Natalie Zemon Davis and Joan Wallach Scott Writing the History of Women Georges Duby and Michelle Perrot Representations of Women Pauline Schmitt Pantel 1. Feminine Models of the Ancient World 1. What is a Goddess? Nicole Loraux 2. The Sexual Philosophies of Plato and Aristotle Giulia Sissa 3. The Division of the Sexes in Roman Law Yan Thomas 4. Figures of Women Francois Lissarrague 2. Traditional Rituals Women Share 5. Marriage in Ancient Greece Claudine Leduc 6. Body Politics in Ancient Rome Aline Rousselle 7. Pandora's Daughters and Rituals in Grecian Cities Louise Bruit Zaidman 8. The Religious Roles of Roman Women John Scheid 9. Early Christian Women Monique Alexandre 3. Yesterday and Today 10. Creating a Myth of Matriarchy Stella Georgoudi 11. Women and Ancient History Today Pauline Schmitt Pantel The Woman's Voice Notes Bibliography Contributors Illustration Credits Index