Narratives of Time and Gender in Antiquity

Narratives of Time and Gender in Antiquity

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This volume offers new insights into ancient figurations of temporality by focusing on the relationship between gender and time across a range of genres.

Each essay in this collection places gender at the center of its exploration of time, and the volume includes time in treatises, genealogical lists, calendars, prophetic literature, ritual practice, and historical and poetic narratives from the Greco-Roman world. Many of the essays begin with female characters, but all of them emphasize how and why time is an integral component of ancient categories of female and male. Relying on theorists who offer ways to explore the connections between time and gender encoded in narrative tropes, plots, pronouns, images, or metaphors, the contributors tease out how time and gender were intertwined in the symbolic register of Greek and Roman thought.

Narratives of Time and Gender in Antiquity provides a rich and provocative theoretical analysis of time-and its relationship to gender-in ancient texts. It will be of interest to anyone working on time in the ancient world, or students of gender in antiquity.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 216 pages
  • 159 x 235mm
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138503541
  • 9781138503540

Table of contents

Women's Tangible Time: Perceptions of Continuity and Rupture in Female Temporality in Homer

Andromache Karanika

Atalanta and Sappho: Women In and Out of Time

Kirk Ormand

Feminizing aion ("Life" / "Lifetime") in Pindar's Epinikians

Maria Pavlou

Gendered Time and Narrative Structure in Herodotos' Histories

Esther Eidinow

Time and Gender in Epic Quests and Delphic Oracles

Lisa Maurizio

Gendered Patterns: Constructing Time in the Communities of Catullus 64

Aaron M. Seider

Delia's Saturnian Day: Gender and Time in Tibullan Love Elegy

Hunter H. Gardner

Eating up Time in Ovid's Erysichthon Episode (Metamorphoses 8.738-878)

Robert S. Santucci

Telling Time with Epiphanius: Periodization and Metaphors of Genealogy and Gender in the Panarion

Elizabeth Castelli

(En)Gendering Christian Time: Female Saints and Roman Martyrological Calendars

Nicola Denzey Lewis
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About Esther Eidinow

Esther Eidinow is Professor of Ancient History at the University of Bristol. She has particular interest in ancient Greek religion and magic, and her publications include Oracles, Curses, and Risk among the Ancient Greeks (Oxford UP, 2007), Luck, Fate and Fortune: Antiquity and its Legacy (IB Tauris, 2010), and Envy, Poison, and Death: Women on Trial in Classical Athens (Oxford UP, 2016). She is interested in using anthropological and cognitive approaches to ancient evidence, and is the co-founder and co-editor in chief of the Journal of Cognitive Historiography.

Lisa Maurizio is Professor of Classical and Medieval Studies at Bates College, Maine, USA. She is interested in interplay between gender, oral poetry, and Greek religion, and has published articles on Delphic divination as well as Classical Mythology in Context (2015). Her adaptations of Greek tragedies "Tereus in Fragments" and the "Memory of Salt" have been produced by the Animus Ensemble in Boston. She is currently working on a digital edition of Delphic oracles that acknowledges their oral composition and transmission.
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