Pythagorean Women: Their History and Writings

Pythagorean Women: Their History and Writings


By (author) Sarah B. Pomeroy

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  • Format: Hardback | 200 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 23mm | 431g
  • Publication date: 20 August 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Baltimore, MD
  • ISBN 10: 1421409569
  • ISBN 13: 9781421409566
  • Illustrations note: 9 black & white halftones, 3 black & white line drawings
  • Sales rank: 1,450,203

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In Pythagorean Women, classical scholar Sarah B. Pomeroy discusses the groundbreaking principles that Pythagoras established for family life in Archaic Greece, such as constituting a single standard of sexual conduct for women and men. Among the Pythagoreans, women played an important role and participated actively in the philosophical life. While Pythagoras encouraged women to be submissive to men, his reasoning was based on the desire to preserve harmony in the home. Pythagorean Women provides English translations of all the earliest extant examples of literary Greek prose by Neopythagorean women, shedding light on their attitudes about marriage, the home, music, and the cosmos. Pomeroy sets the Pythagorean and Neopythagorean women vividly in their historical, ecological, and intellectual contexts, illustrated with original photographs of sites and artifacts known to these women.

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Sarah B. Pomeroy is Distinguished Professor of Classics and History Emerita at Hunter College and the Graduate School at the City University of New York. Her book Goddesses, Whores, Wives, and Slaves: Women in Classical Antiquity is widely recognized as the definitive book on the topic.

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In this book Pomeroy translates and critiques all the extant writings of female followers of Pythagoras, nearly all of which have been ignored or sidelined by male scholars... a very valuable addition to the literature. -- Clifford Cunningham Sun News Miami A delight to read... This look at the female followers of Pythagoras in ancient times is a very valuable addition to the literature. -- Clifford Cunningham Sun News Miami One could hardly hope for a better guide to this subject. Choice Pomeroy's highly informative and carefully argued book touches on significant elements of the Neopythagorean women authors. It is a welcome addition to the literature, opening up much fertile ground for future work. -- George Lazaroiu Journal of Research in Gender Studies [Pythagorean Women] will be a major impulse for future scholars to study these texts and their authors. -- Kai Broderson Bryn Mawr Classical Review