Women And War In Antiquity by Jacqueline Fabre-SerrisWomen And War In Antiquity by Jacqueline Fabre-Serris

Women And War In Antiquity

EditorJacqueline Fabre-Serris, Alison Keith

Hardcover | November 16, 2015

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The martial virtues—courage, loyalty, cunning, and strength—were central to male identity in the ancient world, and antique literature is replete with depictions of men cultivating and exercising these virtues on the battlefield. In Women and War in Antiquity, sixteen scholars reexamine classical sources to uncover the complex but hitherto unexplored relationship between women and war in ancient Greece and Rome. They reveal that women played a much more active role in battle than previously assumed, embodying martial virtues in both real and mythological combat.

The essays in the collection, taken from the first meeting of the European Research Network on Gender Studies in Antiquity, approach the topic from philological, historical, and material culture perspectives. The contributors examine discussions of women and war in works that span the ancient canon, from Homer’s epics and the major tragedies in Greece to Seneca’s stoic writings in first-century Rome. They consider a vast panorama of scenes in which women are portrayed as spectators, critics, victims, causes, and beneficiaries of war.

This deft volume, which ultimately challenges the conventional scholarly opposition of standards of masculinity and femininity, will appeal to scholars and students of the classical world, European warfare, and gender studies.

Jacqueline Fabre-Serris is a professor of Latin literature at the University Charles de Gaulle–Lille 3. She is the author of Rome, l’Arcadie et la mer des Argonautes: Naissance d’une mythologie des origines en Occident. Alison Keith is a professor of classics, comparative literature, medieval studies, and women and gender studies at t...
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Title:Women And War In AntiquityFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:360 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.12 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6 × 1.12 inPublished:November 16, 2015Publisher:Johns Hopkins University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1421417626

ISBN - 13:9781421417622

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Women and War in Antiquity is a remarkable collection of historical and literary research, one that has much to interest the generalist, yet is sure to be an essential text for scholars of both ancient warfare and gender in antiquity... This excellent volume lights the way.