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The literary evidence is almost entirely written by educated men and most histories of the period and analysis of the archaeological evidence has been done by men too. A few women performed a rather mysterious function in the interests of colonization.

The consensus of scholarly opinion is that the marriage could be dissolved only if it had not produced a son, for if the epikleros had a son her property was destined for him. The wealthy frequently dowered their poorer elaves. Jan 17, Pages.

Opens up a traditional discpline to a whole new range of questions and issues while providing enlightenment about the past for feminists and nonfeminists alike. Athena, daughter of Zeus, goddessfs near them, making herself resemble Mentor in appearance and voice.

Also enjoyed a small chapter on the cult of Isis which had a huge impact on the whors of Women in Classical Antiquity. As someone who is more interested with Ancient Greek literature and legends than the ins and outs of city state politics and who is less interested in Rome than GreeceI found the early chapters; discussing the iconography and roles of Greek Goddesses, the portrayal of women in Homer, and the way women were depicted ahores Classical tragedy and comedy, more interesting and more accessible than some of the chapters based more on the historical facts.

If Moses Finley and others of his opinion are correct, and it is impossible to draw any conclusions about social systems in prehistory in the absence of written documents from the time or with the archaeological evidence now available, then we must recognize that it is as foolish to postulate masculine dominance in prehistory as to postulate female dominance. But I kept wondering if I was doing a disservice to the book by reading it front to back. However, at Gortyn the geographic separation between the sexes was less marked, warfare was not as constant, and, as a result, the powers of the women of Gortyn were less than those of Sparta.


wuores The book has itself become a classic. Open Preview See a Problem? Without them the life of a scholar would have been a lonely one. Indeed, it would be demeaning of the subject to attempt to do so. The fourth major goddess, Aphrodite Roman Venusrepresents physical beauty, sexual love, and fertility. Pisistratus arranged a marriage between his daughter and a young man who loved her so much that he kissed her when whoes happened to meet her on the street.

Citizen women were perpetually under the guardianship of a man, usually the father or, if he were dead, the male next-of-kin.

The simplicity and rigorousness of life in Sparta during the Archaic Age gradually gave way to a more relaxed and luxurious way of living. And that’s almost worse. The succession in Ithaca was also ambiguous. Such women are granted to husbands hwores a special favor from Zeus, For they are the best of all and exceptionally wise.

Dec 07, Fostergrants rated it really liked it. The washing and dressing of the corpse has certain analogies to the caring for infants; the cycle of life takes us from the care of women and returns us to the care of women.

Goddesses, Whores, Wives and Slaves : Sarah B. Pomeroy :

The purpose of marriage was procreation, within the limits of the economic resources of the family. According to this dhores, the fear of mature female sexuality meant that these men could feel secure only with a virgin.

Part of another poem preserved on parchment relates: Spartan marriage, then, was a kind of trial marriage, the purpose being to determine whether the woman was capable of conceiving. It is disappointing For a more accurate and thoughtful critical review of women’s role in classic l Spaves found that I couldn’t focus well on this book.

Goddesses, whores, wives, and slaves: women in classical antiquity

The one irony here-a stray mat- rilineal element in the midst of an otherwise patrilineal tradition-was that although the paternal uncles of the patroiokos looked after her property, her maternal uncles were entrusted with her upbringing.

All girls, apparently, were reared, for Plutarch reports that they were merely handed over immediately after birth to the care of the women. Husbands and Wives in Homer Knowledge of the marriage patterns prevalent in Bronze Age Greece allows us to return to the Homeric epics better prepared to understand the social and political functions that marriage and women as wives served in that age.


Otherwise in a corner of the house She sits munching away all night long, and all day long she sits munching at the hearth. Hesiod advises the farmer to hire a servant with no baby to nurse. Thus Helen, who was responsible for the war, ironically suffered the least. The picture given by Homer is co nfi rmed by Mycenaean tablets listing large numbers of women and children, sometimes with their places of origin. The only downside was that it wasn’t exactly a page-turner.

These myths and others evolving from actual historical events were later recounted and systematized by poets. The poetry of the early Archaic period gives a similar picture of women attempting to support themselves. But holding a garland, Like a star shooting through The blazing firmament Or a golden sprig or soft down.

She crosses class boundaries, a rare thing for a classicist and talks about the use of goddesses in patriarchal societies, Pomperoy is one of my xlaves academics when it comes to Gender in the ancient world, I enjoyed her contribution to ‘Ancient Goddessees Women were also in charge of bathing and anointing men.

From the godcesses passive roles in Classical Greece it then moves through the Hellenistic period towards ancient Rome, where women, although second-class citizens, were considerably more free and even gasp allowed out of the house!

Pomperoy is wies of my favourite academics when it comes to Gender in the ancient world, I enjoyed her contribution to ‘Ancient Greece: That no one today would dream of writing a major work on ancient social history with no index entry for ‘women’ is due in no small part to her revolutionary, yet scrupulously scholarly, trail-blazing work.

Bronze Age societies are reflected in an oral tradition of epic poems sung by illiterate bards.