Women in Classical Athens

Women in Classical Athens

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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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  • Paperback | 116 pages
  • 138 x 212 x 10mm | 181.44g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Bristol Classical Press
  • LondonUnited Kingdom
  • English
  • 1, black & white illustrations
  • 1853995436
  • 9781853995439
  • 1,033,549

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About Sue Blundell

Sue Blundell is classics tutor at the Open University.

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