author={David M. Pritchard},
  journal={Greece and Rome},
  pages={174 - 193}
  • D. Pritchard
  • Published 12 September 2014
  • History
  • Greece and Rome
The study of the women of classical Athens involves an evidentiary paradox. Women and their pastimes were prominent subjects in this state's literature and in the pictures on its painted pottery, while its comedies and tragedies regularly had articulate and forthright female characters. But none of this gives us access to the ways in which women conceived of their own lives; for they were – as the late John Gould explained so well – ‘the product of men and addressed to men in a male dominated… 
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  • J. Gould
  • Sociology
    The Journal of Hellenic Studies
  • 1980
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