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The endless catalogue of rape in Greek myth includes some merely attempted and other fully consummated attacks of gods not only on mortal women, but also on goddesses. According to Hesiod, she, like Athena, was born of man, not of woman.

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There is not much material available, but I was greatly aided in the Roman section especially by goddrsses recent publication of several scholarly works by historians who included women and the lower classes in their studies. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience.

A widow, especially if she had increased her property through inheritance from her late husband, would also be an attractive candidate for remarriage.

I have felt that my task was to examine the history of all women, and to avoid the emphasis on the upper classes and their literature. Dry in places but still very interesting.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The only thing she understands how to do Is eat. Studying Gender in Classical Antiquity. Hestia is respected as an old maid.

For there is no one who manages to spend a whole day In contentment if he has a wife, Nor will he find himself able to speedily thrust famine out of the house, Who is a hateful, malicious god to have as a houseguest. This book is amazing and I ahd how detailed and accurate it is. It is disappointing For a more accurate and thoughtful critical review of women’s role in classic literature, I would recommend Tragic Ways of Killing a Woman.

Goddesses, Whores, Wives and Slaves : Women in Classical Antiquity

A brief statement by Aristotle implies that the regulations for resident foreigners metics in the matter of inheritance and heiresses were similar to those for citizens, inasmuch as he stated that legal actions concerning estates and heiresses which the archon a chief magistrate initiates in the case of citizens are similarly introduced by the polemarch a magistrate with jurisdiction over actions involving persons who are not Athenian citizens in the case of metics.


In comparison to Athenian women, some Roman woman appear to have been fairly liberated, but never did Roman society encourage women to engage in the same activities as men in the same social class.

The Elusive Women of Classical Antiquity. Astymeloisa does not reply to me. Some korai are dressed in the Dorian peplos, which reveals the body, but most wear the heavier Ionian costume, concealing the figure with its multiple folds of cloth. Return to Book Page. She prefers to spend her days in mountains and forests in the company of wild beasts, remote from gatherings of men and gods.

The age at which a married man could live at home in Gortyn is not known, but Aristotle suggests that the separation of men and women was encouraged in order to reduce the birthrate. The position of women and the position of slaves-for the two classes went together-were the canker-spots which, left un-healed, brought about the decay first of Athens and then of Greece. Wright in a book published in and obviously influenced by the wave of feminism which culminated in the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment.

In a study of anthropomorphic figurines from late neolithic Crete — the period postulated for the dominance of the mother goddess — it was discovered that Sex roles that will be goddesess to godedsses modern reader were firmly established in the Dark Age in Athens. In reality, the custom may have served the social function of legitimizing the offspring of extramarital relationships — a necessary response to the moral fluidity and personal autonomy characteristic of the age.

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She grows old cherishing a husband who cherishes her, After she has borne to him a lovely and distinguished group of children.

I got this book from the Library at my University but I’m going to purchase a copy for myself since this book is amazing, indeed. 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.

We two were boys together. In this case Zeus has outdone himself In giving husbands the worst kind of evil. While some steatopygous neolithic figures, particularly those from Catal Huyuk in Anatolia, emphasize the sexual features of the female, those from the western Mediterranean do appear to stress her fatness in a comforting teddy-bear fashion.

Personal beauty was cultivated by women at both Lesbos and Sparta.

Yet, unlike Alexander, whom she rivals as the theme of romance and legend, Cleopatra is known to us through overwhelmingly hostile sources. The more things change, the more things stay the same.


Spartan marriage customs were unusual among the Greeks, although the basic pattern was the familiar marriage by capture. This is a book I read with a history book reading club. The story of Ganymede, who caught the fancy of Zeus, has a happy ending, for the boy ends up on Olympus as the cupbearer of the gods. I read this book because I am a feminist, a Latin teacher, and a lover of anything about the ancient world. Without a doubt, there is no period in Greek history for which our evidence of the experience of women is more fascinating or as contradictory.

According to Plutarch, who gently disapproves of the freedom enjoyed by Spartan women, the reforms failed due to the refusal of the women to give up their ease and luxury in favor of the earlier ideals. When pagan goddesses were, in their way, as powerful as gods, why was the status of human females so low?

Perhaps the Greek mind, with its penchant for combining symmetry and alternatives, may have fictionalized the two groups, the Centaurs male and lustful, the Amazons female and chaste. They were expected to be modest, but were not secluded. That a woman was the mouthpiece of a male deity may be explained by the hypothesis that Delphi was formerly the site of a female chthonic cult, although in historical times no woman but the Pythia was admitted to the temple.

Goddesses, Whores, Wives and Slaves: Women in Classical Antiquity

Goddesses, Whores, Wives and Slaves: Helene Deutsch claims that such erotic images are but another indication of the innate masochism of women. Let your wife have been grown up four years, and marry her in the fifth. In many ways it was better to be a whore in Classical Greece than a wife, especially in the upper classes.

Sep 02, Orla rated it really liked it Shelves: Thus Zeus killed lasion by lightning in punishment for his affair with Demeter; Tithonus was awarded immortality without eternal youth for his affair with Aurora; and Adonis, who was loved by Aphrodite, was killed by either Hephaestus or Ares.

Clothing was made, from start to finish, in the home, and in this task royal women and even immortals were engaged, as well as slave women.