Women in Classical Athens

Women in Classical Athens

Paperback Classical World Series

By (author) Sue Blundell


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  • Publisher: Bristol Classical Press
  • Format: Paperback | 116 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 212mm x 10mm | 181g
  • Publication date: 27 November 1998
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1853995436
  • ISBN 13: 9781853995439
  • Illustrations note: 1, black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 916,221

Product description

This book takes as its starting-point the images of women in the Parthenon sculptures, in order to investigate two levels of feminine experience in Classical Athens, the human and the divine. The inter-play between women's religious prominence and their domestic obscurity is examined in relation to the young citizen women who lead the procession; while the great goddesses represented in the frieze are studies in terms of their relationships with their human worshippers and, on a symbolic level, with the mythological females, such as the Amazons, who appear in the metopes. Finally, the book turns to a third aspect of th e feminine experience, and looks at the women who do not appear in the Parthenon sculptures - the prostitutes, slaves and alien women who made a vital economic and ideological contribution to the Athenian achievement.

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Author information

Sue Blundell is classics tutor at the Open University.