Women in Ancient Greece: A Sourcebook

Women in Ancient Greece: A Sourcebook

Paperback Continuum Sources in Ancient History

By (author) Bonnie MacLachlan


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  • Publisher: Continuum Publishing Corporation
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 234mm x 20mm | 422g
  • Publication date: 2 August 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1441179631
  • ISBN 13: 9781441179630
  • Edition: Annotated
  • Edition statement: annotated edition
  • Sales rank: 627,493

Product description

This is an unrivalled collection of source material on women in the ancient Greek world including literary, rhetorical, philosophical and legal sources, and papyri and inscriptions. The study of women in the ancient Mediterranean world is a topic of growing interest among classicists and ancient historians, and also students of history, sociology and women's studies. This volume is an essential resource supplying a compilation of source material in translation, with contextual commentaries, a glossary of key terms and an annotated bibliography. Texts come from literary, rhetorical, philosophical and legal sources, as well as papyri and inscriptions, and each text will be placed into the cultural mosaic to which it belongs. Ranging geographically from the ancient Near East through Egypt and Greece to Rome and its wider empire, the volume follows a clear chronological structure. Beginning in the eighth century BCE the coverage continues through archaic and Classical Athens, Etruscan Italy and the Roman Republic, concluding with the late Roman Empire and the advent of Christianity. "The Continuum Sources in Ancient History" series presents a definitive collection of source material in translation, combined with expert contextual commentary and annotation to provide a comprehensive survey of each volume's subject. Material is drawn from literary, as well as epigraphic, legal and religious, sources. Aimed primarily at undergraduate students, the series will also be invaluable for researchers, and faculty devising and teaching courses.

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Author information

Bonnie MacLachlan is Professor of Classical Studies at the University of Western Ontario. Her published volumes include The Age of Grace: Charis in Early Greek Poetry (1993) and Virginity Revisited: The Autonomy of the Unpossessed Body, co-edited with Judith Fletcher (2007).

Table of contents

I: Women in the Near East; II: Women in Greek epic a) Goddesses b)Mythical women; III: Monstrous women; IV: Women and archaic poetry a) Women in the male poets b)Women poets; V: Dorian women a)Poetic sources b)Prose sources c) Gortyn Law code; VI: Women of Classical Athens a) Domestic arrangements b) Legal arrangements c) Understanding of the female body d) Religious activity of women e) Female slaves f) Women in drama g) Women and philosophy; VII: Women of the Hellenistic period a) Poetic sources b) Women in Hellenistic Egypt; VIII: Etruscan women; IX: Women of the early Roman Republic a)Legendary women b) Legal status c) Private and public life; X: Women of the middle Republic a) Private and public life b) Women in comedy; XI: Women of the late Republic a) Women and the Civil War b) Legal status c) Women and the poets; XII: Women of the early Principate a) Private and public life b) Women and the poets; XIII: Women of the high Empire; XIV: Christian women.