Women in Late Antiquity

Women in Late Antiquity : Pagan and Christian Lifestyles

By (author) Gillian Clark


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Although there are many books on women in the ancient world, this is the first to explore in depth what life was like for women in the period of late antiquity (3rd to 6th centuries AD) once Christianity became the dominant religion. It is also unique in focusing on both pagan and Christian lifestyles. Dr Clark provides a fascinating and comprehensive introduction to the basic conditions of life for women: marriage, divorce, celibacy, and prostitution; legal constraints and protection; child-bearing, health care and medical theories; housing, housework, and clothes; and ancient, some still influential, theories about the nature of women. The author uses a wide range of source material - both Christian and non-Christian writings, art, and archaeology - to illustrate both what life was really like and the prevailing "discourses" of the ancient world.

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  • Paperback | 184 pages
  • 138.7 x 216.2 x 12.7mm | 308.54g
  • 01 Sep 1994
  • Oxford University Press
  • Clarendon Press
  • Oxford
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 4 pp halftone plates
  • 0198721668
  • 9780198721666
  • 1,166,017

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Amongst Gillian Clark's published work is: Women in the Ancient World: Greece and Rome New Surveys in the Classics 21 (Clarendon Press for Classical Association, 1989), and Augustine; The Confessions (Landmark Series, CUP, 1992). She is the translator, with notes and introduction of Iamblichus: On the Pythagorean Life (Translated Texts for Historians, Liverpool UP), and editor of this series. She lives in Birkenhead.

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a short, packed but highly accessible guide to the position of women in late antiquity Times Higher Education Supplement Wonderfully rich in detail and example. Daily Telegraph

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