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Women's Life in Greece and Rome: A Source Book in Translation

Women's Life in Greece and Rome: A Source Book in Translation

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Edited by Mary R. Lefkowitz, Edited by Maureen B. Fant

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  • Publisher: JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Format: Paperback | 464 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 224mm x 31mm | 612g
  • Publication date: 18 October 2005
  • Publication City/Country: Baltimore, MD
  • ISBN 10: 0801883105
  • ISBN 13: 9780801883101
  • Edition: 3, Revised
  • Edition statement: 3rd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: 12 b&w illus.
  • Sales rank: 178,472

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This highly acclaimed collection provides a unique look into the public and private lives and legal status of Greek and Roman women of all social classes-from wet nurses, prostitutes, and gladiatrixes to poets, musicians, intellectuals, priestesses, and housewives. The third edition adds new texts to sections throughout the book, vividly describing women's sentiments and circumstances through readings on love, bereavement, and friendship, as well as property rights, breast cancer, female circumcision, and women's roles in ancient religions, including Christianity and pagan cults.

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Mary R. Lefkowitz is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in Humanities emerita at Wellesley. Maureen B. Fant is an independent writer and scholar living in Rome.

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This admirable source book will be widely used. Times Educational Supplement The modern reader can enter the ancient world through this text. London Review of Books Invaluable in providing not only 'mainstream' authors but much less accessible items. JACT Review The choice of materials is excellent... Although the book is designed for classroom use, it provides an excellent introduction to the field as a whole. Choice Without doubt this book should be favorable received by students and scholars alike. Copious anecdotes, funerary inscriptions, legal and philosophical tracts serve to illuminate fully the position of women in Classical antiquity... Women's Life in Greece and Rome accomplishes with erudition, grace, and humor its aim. The History Teacher In its third incarnation, Women's Life in Greece and Rome should remain a staple reference work for undergraduates and scholars alike. Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2006 Throughout the history of this text, as the dust jacket for the first edition attests, 'what remains unchanged is the extraordinary power of these writings and the eloquence with which they speak for and about women in the ancient world.' -- Phyllis B. Katz New England Classical Journal 2006 This text will continue to be of significant value to students and scholars alike who wish to research women in the ancient world. -- Marian Osbourne Berky Religious Studies Review 2007 This commendable and successful work continues to generate plenty of discussion both in and out of the classroom and has clearly been a force behind the application of new methodologies in the area of women in antiquity. -- Lisa Hughes Mouseion: Journal of Classical Association of Canada 2007