Women in the Classical World

Women in the Classical World : Image and Text

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BL The only study to integrate such a wide range of materials on the women of ancient Greece and Rome into one accessible volume BL Written by a team of distinguished classical scholars and art historians Women in the Classical World gathers the most important primary written and visual sources on the lives of ancient women and presents them in a chronological sequence, within their historical and cultural contexts.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 177.8 x 254 x 20.32mm | 830g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Oxford Pbk.
  • numerous halftones, maps
  • 0195098625
  • 9780195098624
  • 902,886

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The lavishly illustrated and meticulously researched Women in the Classical World lifts the curtain on the women of ancient Greece and Rome, form slaves and prostitutes, to Athenian housewives, to Rome's imperial family. The first book on classical women to give equal weight to written texts and artistic representations, it brings together a great wealth of materials--poetry, vase painting, legislation, medical treatises, architecture, religious and funerary art, women's ornaments, historical and cultural context of their time. Written by leading experts in the fields of ancient history and art history, women's studies, and Greek and Roman literature, it it an indispensable addition t any course in ancient history, classics, Greek and Roman art history, or women's studies.
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Table of contents

1: Women in Archaic Greece: Talk in Praise and Blame
2: Excursus--Spartan Women: Women in a Warrior Society
3: Women in Classical Athens: Heroines and Housewives
4: Excursus--Amazons: Women in Control
5: The Hellenistic Period: Women in a Cosmopolitan World
6: Excursus--Medicine: The "Proof" of Anatomy
7: Republican Rome I: From Marriage by Capture to Partnership in War--The Proud Women of Early Rome
8: Excursus--Etruscan Women
9: Republican Rome II: Women in a Wealthy Society--Aristocratic and Working Women from the Second Century B.C.E.
10: Excursus--The "New Woman": Representation and Reality
11: Women, Family, and Sexuality in the Age of Augustus and the Julio-Claudians
12: Excursus--The Women of Pompeii
13: Women of the High and Later Empire: Conformity and Diversity
Chronology of the Greek and Roman Worlds 776 B.C.E.-313 C.E.
List of Illustrations
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This collaborative volume stakes a place for itself in the ever-expanding publications lists on women in antiquity as a novel kind of sourcebook...this volume gives considerable weight to visual as well as written material and attempts to set both within a coherent and contextualising account of the lives of ancient women Times Higher Education Supplement 'this volume offers a good introduction both to the range of source material relating to women in antiquity, and to some, at least, of the problems of interpretation it raises. Times Literary Supplement a combination of adroitly chosen texts in translation, including a good mixture of inscriptions, and most imaginatively selected...most impressive and will provide an earnest student with an invaluable tool. Greece and Rome Reviews 42 a wide-ranging collection of the most important primary sources for the lives of "ancient women"...The book contains a wealth of illustrations... This scholarly book would be a most useful resource for Classical Civilisation courses, both at University and A level... the book is very clearly laid out and I do recommend it as a library source. JACT review This collaborative volume stakes a place for itself in the ever expanding publication lists on women in antiquity as a novel kind of sourcebook. With its lavish and attractive illustrations, its juxtaposition of vase-painting with Greek poetry, coins with Roman historiiography, the volume is now likely to supercede that of Lefkowitz and Fant and be of considerable bibliographic use to students new to the field. Maria Wyke, University of Reading, Journal of Roman Studies, Vol. LXXXVIII 1996
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About Elaine Fantham

H. Alan Shapiro's work includes Myth into Art: Poet and Painter in Classical Greece (Routledge, 1993) and Personifications in Greek Art, 600-400 BC (Akanthus-Verlag, 1993).
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