A companion to women in the ancient world

  title={A companion to women in the ancient world},
  author={Sharon Lynn James and Sheila Dillon},
A Companion to Women in the Ancient World is the first interdisciplinary, methodologically based collection of readings to address the study of women in the ancient world while weaving textual, visual, and archaeological evidence into its approach. Prominent scholars tackle the myriad problems inherent in the interpretation of the evidence, and consider the biases and interpretive categories inherited from centuries of scholarship. Essays and case studies cover an unprecedented breadth of… 

Roman Women, Wise Women, and Witches

Abstract:In this his article I explore the connections among the physiological effects of envy, the stereotypes that adhered to old women, and the literary representations of witches in Roman

Another Look at Female Choruses in Classical Athens

This article revisits the issue of female choruses in Classical Athens and aims to provide an alternative to the common pessimistic view that emphasizes the restriction of female choreia by the

Elite Citizen Women and the Origins of the Hetaira in Classical Athens

Introduction If you open the Liddell-Scott-Jones dictionary to look up the word hetaira, you find the definition "courtesan." The recognizable English word provides a reassuring sense of

The Queen of Propaganda: Boudica’s Representation in Empire

Boudica was an Iceni queen c. 60 CE in Roman-occupied Britain who revolted against the Roman empire. While there is a scarcity of primary sources that document her life, Boudica has remained a

The Seduction of Law: Rethinking Legal Studies in Jewish Studies

  • R. Neis
  • Law
    Jewish Quarterly Review
  • 2019
ABSTRACT:This review essay considers the category of "Jewish law" in Jewish studies while inviting scholarly and historiographic assessment of the ways that Judaism's link to law has come to appear

Virginity and Representation in the Greek Novel and Early Greek Poetry

The question asked by this thesis is twofold: first, what is the relevance and purpose of the generic prominence of the motif of παρθενία in the Greek novels of the first centuries A.D., and

Indigenous women in Gaul, Britannia, Germania and Celtic Hispania, 400 BC - AD 235

The study of Celtic, Germanic, and Celtiberian women is an area of gender and historical focus that has only recently been addressed by academic scholars – and then only to a limited degree. The

Docta saltatrix: Body Knowledge, Culture, and Corporeal Discourse in Female Roman Dance

Abstract:This article examines the relationship between body knowledge and female intellectualism in the early and middle imperial period. Drawing on theories from gender and dance studies in the

Women of Substance in Homeric Epic

Women in Greek epic are treated as objects, as commodities to be exchanged in marriage or as the spoils of warfare. However, women also use objects to negotiate their own agency, subverting the male

Fecit ad astra viam: Daughters, Wives, and the Metrical Epitaphs of Late Ancient Rome

The following essay argues that the verse epitaphs of late ancient Rome offer unique perspectives on the social, religious, and intellectual milieu of Christianity in the late antique city. The



Women in Athenian law and life

This book provides a comprehensive account of the Athenians' conception of women during the classical period of the fifth and fourth centuries BC. Though nothing remains that represents the authentic

Ancient Greek Women and Art: The Material Evidence

Ancient Greek women and their relationship to the visual arts are here discussed solely on the evidence of the extant monuments, rather than on the information of the literary sources. Although this

Gender and Material Culture: The Archaeology of Religious Women

Gender and Material Culture is the first complete study in the archaeology of gender, exploring the differences between the religious life of men and women. Gender in medieval monasticism influenced

Women and Religion in the First Christian Centuries

Introduction. i. What Is 'Woman'? ii. 'Religion' as a Category in the Ancient World iii. The Context of Pre-traditionalization Part One: The Setting - Ancient Greece and Hellenization 1. Ancient Rome

Gender and archaeology : contesting the past

Gender and Archaeology is the first volume to critically review the development of this now key topic internationally, across a range of periods and material culture. ^l Roberta Gilchrist explores

‘Learned women’ and the development of a Christian culture in late antiquity 1

The paper examines the background and influence of educated Christian women in Late Antiquity. After identifying a traditional ‘type’, the argument moves to Christian groups, exploring relations

Initiation in Ancient Greek Rituals and Narratives : New Critical Perspectives

Scholars of classical history and literature have for more than a century accepted 'initiation' as a tool for understanding a variety of obscure rituals and myths, ranging from the ancient Greek

The 'Attraction of Women' in/To Early Judaism and Christianity: Gender and the Politics of Conversion

It has become a scholarly truism that women in particular were attracted to early Christianity, and, according to some, to Judaism. In the former case this has been attributed to the status

Comparative women's history : new approaches

This book gives new insight into how to write comparative women's history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The volume emphasizes the virtues of such research, but it also recognizes the

Religion in Roman Egypt : assimilation and resistance

This exploration of cultural resilience examines the complex fate of classical Egyptian religion during the centuries from the period when Christianity first made its appearance in Egypt to when it