The Old Women of Ancient Greece and the Homeric Hymn to Demeter

@article{Pratt2000TheOW,
  title={The Old Women of Ancient Greece and the Homeric Hymn to Demeter},
  author={Louise H. Pratt},
  journal={Transactions of the American Philological Association},
  year={2000},
  volume={130},
  pages={41 - 65}
}
  • Louise H. Pratt
  • Published 2000
  • History
  • Transactions of the American Philological Association
Scholarship of the last decade or so on old women in ancient Greece has sketched a bleak picture.1 Bremmer's influential account is the bluntest and most unremittingly negative: "Women existed in order to serve the males, whether for sexual pleasure or for the higher interest of producing an heir. An old woman resembled an object that has passed its usefulness and could now be discarded" (Bremmer 203). He goes on to say, "in ancient Greece old women constituted a marginal category, which was… Expand
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