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    DescriptionAccording to legend, Aspasia of Miletus was a courtesan, the teacher of Socrates, and the political adviser of her lover Pericles. Next to Sappho and Cleopatra, she is the best known woman of the ancient Mediterranean. Yet continued uncritical reception of her depiction in Attic comedy and naive acceptance of Plutarch's account of her in his Life of Pericles prevent us from understanding who she was and what her contributions to Greek thought may have been. Madeleine Henry combines traditional philological and historical methods of analysis with feminist critical perspectives, in order to trace the construction of Aspasia's biographical tradition from ancient times to the present. Through her analysis of both literary and political evidence, Henry determines the ways in which Aspasia has become an icon of the sexually attractive and politically influential female, how this construction has prevented her from taking her rightful place as a contributor to the philosophical enterprise, and how continued belief in this icon has helped sexualize all women's intellectual achievements. This is the first work to study Aspasia's biographical tradition from ancient Greece to the present day.


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    Title
    Prisoner of History
    Subtitle
    Aspasia of Miletus and Her Biographical Tradition
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Madeleine Mary Henry
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 208
    Width: 146 mm
    Height: 218 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 345 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780195087123
    ISBN 10: 0195087127
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC subject category V2: BGH
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.2
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD, HBLA, JFSJ1
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11600
    BIC subject category V2: HBJF
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 03
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    Libri: I-BA
    DC22: B
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAG
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    BISAC V2.8: BIO022000
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP090
    Ingram Theme: SEXL/FEMINE
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN, CULT/GREECE
    B&T Approval Code: A14202030
    B&T Merchandise Category: POD
    BISAC V2.8: HIS026000
    B&T Approval Code: A41704800
    BISAC V2.8: BIO010000, HIS002010, LIT004190, BIO006000, SOC028000
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: 1QDAG
    DC20: 939.23
    LC classification: DF228.A8H4
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    DC22: 938/.504/092
    LC classification: DF228.A8 H46 1995
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    Thema V1.0: JBSF1, DNBH, DSBB, DB, NHD, NHF, NHC
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Illustrations note
    halftones
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Publication date
    01 June 1997
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Review quote
    A richly entertaining book for those interested in how traditions develop. Religious Studies Review A fascinating book ... Madeleine Henry has suceeded in presenting us with an extremely substantial and well-documented book. Rachel J. Finnegan, Hermathena This work is to be commended for its thorough and scholarly analysis of the standard texts, and also for its more open approach to the less academic works. It should have a wide appeal, attracting readers with an interest in various disciplines, including classics, feminist studies and the history of biography. Rachel J. Finnegan, Hermathena
    Back cover copy
    According to legend, Aspasia of Miletus was a courtesan, the teacher of Socrates, and the political adviser of her lover Pericles. Next to Sappho and Cleopatra, she is the best known woman of the ancient Mediterranean. Yet continued uncritical reception of her depiction in Attic comedy and naive acceptance of Plutarch's account of her in his Life of Pericles prevent us from understanding who she was and what her contributions to Greek thought may have been. In the first study of its type, Madeleine Henry combines traditional philological and historical methods of analysis with feminist critical perspectives in order to trace the construction of Aspasia's biographical tradition from ancient times to the present. Through her analysis of both literary and historical evidence, Henry determines the ways in which Aspasia has become an icon of the sexually attractive and politically influential female, how this construction has prevented her from taking her rightful place as a contributor to the philosophical enterprise, and how continued belief in this icon has helped sexualize all women's intellectual achievements. An important corrective to the historical literature on Aspasia of Miletus, Prisoner of History will interest scholars in a wide range of disciplines, including classics, ancient history, philosophy, and women's studies.