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Thus Zeus pays regular visits to Semele, a Theban princess, and has intercourse with her. Mar 10, Jennifer rated it did not like it Shelves: Women are a perennial source of friction among men.

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

I would have liked another pages of this book, but I enjoyed what was there. To ask other readers questions about Goddesses, Whores, Wives and Slavesplease whres up.

But if it is at all valid to comment on the Athenian treatment of the heiress, it is reasonable to point out that sives regulation that seems cruel and mercenary in the case of the wealthy heiress is protective and charitable in the case of the poor woman, who without the attraction of a dowry would remain husbandless and pitiful.

In the mid-third century b.

Nov 04, Skye rated it really liked it. Women in the Bronze Age and Homeric Epic. She writes that she “would present some of this material slightly differently today” but the crux of it remains the same, which says as much about the strength of her work as it does about our societies.


Dry in places but still very interesting. She is best known for her work on women’s history in classical antiquity. Among Latin prose literature, the letters of Cicero and Pliny are fruitful sources for the private lives of women in their social class.

The supporting female statue, called a caryatid, was used in the Archaic treasuries of Siphnus and Cnidus at Delphi long before the well- known Classical caryatids of the Erechtheum in Athens. He forbad all sale of children or self sale into slavery with the exception of a sell of an unmarried woman who lost slqves virginity by her male guardian and Solon created brothels and prostitution for foreign merchants in Athens.

This situation implies, of course, that the relationship between husband and wife in these cases did not supplant their relationships with blood relatives. Whether the Amazons had a historical existence is unprovable. I’m sure armchair historians will quibble with the work, but let ’em where’s their book? Book ratings by Goodreads. It is interesting to note that these two young daughters of tyrants were not kept secluded but in fact mingled with men: Written evidence that would not be classified as formal literature can be found in the graffiti on ancient buildings as well as elaves the inscriptions on ancient monuments.

Goddesses, Whores, Wives And Slaves Women In Classical Antiquity By Sarah Pomeroy ( Abee)

Helen was the most beautiful woman in the world, and Menelaus naturally was insulted that she preferred Paris to him. Females never appear alone on these monuments in Athens at this time, but occasionally a male warrior is accompanied by a small figure of a female who must be a relative.

As is customary in patriarchy, the virginity of unmarried girls and their good reputations were prized possessions. Sometimes fathers gave their daughters in marriage to notable warriors to obtain them as allies.


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

The two gods most frequently involved in sexual liaisons with mortal women were Zeus and Apollo, the most powerful figures in the Greek pantheon. This study covers a long period of history and a wide range of topics. Goddesses, Whores, Wives, and Slaves is now considered to be a turning point ajd the study of women in ancient history. Overall, Reed’s book, while goddeesses has some too obviously Marxist views too much pounding of the whored property But he denies power to females, even taking away their sole claim to consideration as bearers of children when he gives birth to Athena through his head and to Dionysus from his thigh.

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. Sometimes even states would give dowry to men who had served in the army. From the more passive roles in Classical Greece it then moves goddessds the Hellenistic period towards ancient Rome, where women, although second-class citizens, were considerably more free and even gasp allowed out of the house!

They were sent off to found the city of Tarentum. Marriage, divorce, birth, and goddesses of chattels were subject to laws rivaling in complexity and comprehensiveness those affecting the upper classes.