Women in the Classical World: Image and Text

Paperback | March 1, 1995

byElaine Fantham, Helene Peet Foley, Natalie Boymel Kampen

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Information about women is scattered throughout the fragmented mosaic of ancient history: the vivid poetry of Sappho survived antiquity on remnants of damaged papyrus; the inscription on a beautiful fourth century B.C.E. grave praises the virtues of Mnesarete, an Athenian woman who died young;a great number of Roman wives were found guilty of poisoning their husbands, but was it accidental food poisoning, or disease, or something more sinister. Apart from the legends of Cleopatra, Dido and Lucretia, and images of graceful maidens dancing on urns, the evidence about the lives of women ofthe classical world--visual, archaeological, and written--has remained uncollected and uninterpreted. Now, the lavishly illustrated and meticulously researched Women in the Classical World lifts the curtain on the women of ancient Greece and Rome, exploring the lives of slaves and prostitutes, Athenian housewives, and Rome's imperial family. The first book on classical women to give equalweight 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 epics, political speeches, even ancient coins--to present women in thehistorical 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, the book's chronological arrangement allows the changing roles of women to unfold over a thousand-year period, beginning in theeighth century B.C.E. Both the art and the literature highlight women's creativity, sexuality and coming of age, marriage and childrearing, religious and public roles, and other themes. Fascinating chapters report on the wild behavior of Spartan and Etruscan women and the mythical Amazons; thechanging views of the female body presented in male-authored gynecological treatises; the "new woman" represented by the love poetry of the late Republic and Augustan Age; and the traces of upper- and lower-class life in Pompeii, miraculously preserved by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 C.E.Provocative and surprising, Women in the Classical World is a masterly foray into the past, and a definitive statement on the lives of women in ancient Greece and Rome.

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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 toge...

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Information about women is scattered throughout the fragmented mosaic of ancient history: the vivid poetry of Sappho survived antiquity on remnants of damaged papyrus; the inscription on a beautiful fourth century B.C.E. grave praises the virtues of Mnesarete, an Athenian woman who died young;a great number of Roman wives were found gu...

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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 toge...

Elaine Fantham is Giger Professor of Latin at Princeton University. Helene Peet Foley is Olin Professor of Classics at Barnard College. Natalie Boymel Kampen is Professor of Women's Studies and Art History at Barnard College. Sarah B. Pomeroy is Professor of History at Columbia University. H. Alan Shapiro is Professor of Classics at t...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 7.01 × 10 × 0.94 inPublished:March 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

I. WOMEN IN THE GREEK WORLD 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 AnatomyII. WOMEN IN THE ROMAN WORLD 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 Reality11. Women, Family, and Sexuality in the Age of Augustus and the Julio-Claudians12. Excursus--The Women of Pompeii13. Women of the High and Later Empire: Conformity and DiversityChronology of the Greek and Roman Worlds 776 B.C.E.-313 C.E.List of IllustrationsIndex

From Our Editors

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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