Women Writers of Ancient Greece and Rome: An AnthologyPaperback
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- Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
- Format: Paperback | 304 pages
- Dimensions: 170mm x 244mm x 15mm | 481g
- Publication date: 1 May 2004
- Publication City/Country: Oklahoma
- ISBN 10: 0806136227
- ISBN 13: 9780806136226
- Edition statement: Univ of Oklahoma PR ed.
- Sales rank: 1,339,673
Despite a common perception that most writing in antiquity was produced by men, some important literature written by women during this period has survived. Edited by I. M. Plant, "Women Writers of Ancient Greece and Rome" is a comprehensive anthology of the surviving literary texts of women writers from the Graeco-Roman world that offers new English translations from the works of more than fifty women.From Sappho, who lived in the seventh century B.C., to Eudocia and Egeria of the fifth century A.D., the texts presented here come from a wide range of sources and span the fields of poetry and prose. Each author is introduced with a critical review of what we know about the writer, her work, and its significance, along with a discussion of the texts that follow. A general introduction looks into the problem of the authenticity of some texts attributed to women and places their literature into the wider literary and social contexts of the ancient Graeco-Roman world.
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"A comprehensive anthology, carefully researched, Women Writers of Ancient Greece and Rome has the considerable merit of making available in English translation authors who have never been translated at all, or whose work can be found only by professional scholars."