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Women in Ancient Greece Paperback – May 5, 1995

ISBN-13: 978-0674954731 ISBN-10: 0674954734 Edition: First Edition (US) First Printing

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press; First Edition (US) First Printing edition (May 5, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674954734
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674954731
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #791,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In her introduction to Women in Ancient Greece Sue Blundell notes how few overviews have appeared among the plethora of books and articles on women's lives and representations in the ancient Greek world...Her book is an admirable response to the need for such an overview. In a concise narrative account incorporating much of the recent scholarly work, Blundell offers a broad survey of the most relevant topics for the study of women in Greece during the period 750-336 B.C....Blundell's narrative is seldom merely descriptive; rather, throughout her exposition, she guides her readers to recognize the ways ancient representations and institutions associated with the female are a production of male issues, concern and power.
--R.J. Schork (New England Classical Journal)

Blundell offers here an excellent, brief survey of women in archaic and classical Greek art, literature, and history. It is the sole comprehensive account in English of women in ancient Greece (as opposed to Greece and Rome). Blundell's reading is wide, her thought judicious, her prose clear, and her insight penetrating. She has a good bibliography, decent notes, and well-chosen illustrations...Recommended for all college and university libraries.
--J.M. Williams (Choice)

About the Author

Sue Blundell is a Lecturer for both Birkbeck and Goldsmiths Colleges in the University of London as well as for the Open University. She is the author of The Origins of Civilization in Greek and Roman Thought.

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This is a very insightful overview of women in ancient Greece.
D. Roberts
Highly recommended, this is one of the best researched and most clinical books on ancient Greece I have read yet, not to mention necessary.
Kenneth Sohl
I still pick it up occassionally and read a chapter here and there.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D. Roberts VINE VOICE on February 18, 2008
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This is a very insightful overview of women in ancient Greece. It's a good companion to Sarah Pomeroy's Goddesses, Whores, Wives, and Slaves: Women in Classical Antiquity. Pomeroy's book is a pioneering work in women's historicity, while Blundell expounds on some of the themes.

Blundell spends just one chapter on the women of Sparta. This is understandable, but Spartan women are a marked distinction to women from elsewhere in Greece, due to the fact that they enjoyed so many more rights & privileges than women from other city states. For a more extensive study of the women of Lacedamon, I would recommend Spartan Women.

I have been working on my own commentary on the ancient Greeks, and I found this book very informative and useful in researching my sections on Grecian women. Blundell is certainly erudite and is able to discern a great many plausible details of the lives & times of Greek women from the most generic of evidence. This book is indispensable for all persons interested in feminist topics.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Magellan HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 3, 2002
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You wouldn't think anyone could come up with a new or original idea for a book about ancient Greece, but actually, this book comes close in its focus on the treatment of women. Blundell's book is well-written, scholarly, and even includes the occasionally humorous (and possibly apocryphal) story. For example, there is a section in which she discusses the punishments for adultery. According to Athenian law, a husband had the right to kill a man caught in the act of adultery with his wife. However, the law also allowed the dead man's family to sue the aggrieved man for damages, so it's suspected that very few men actually availed themselves of this right, and perhaps opted for other choices, such as payment for damages, and so on. There is even mentioned the punishment of "radishment," which is "to have a large radish stuffed up one's anus." I kid you not. Well, this piece of information comes from the satiric playwright Aeschylus, who mentions it in one of his plays, and so is perhaps the product of the writer's over-active imagination. But whether this was actually part of the law or not, I found this to be a well-written, scholarly, and occasionally humorous account of life in ancient Greece.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. P. Birkett on August 10, 2007
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The question of the status of women in ancient Greece is of more than purely scholarly interest. It has some contemporary political relevance. Feminists and neo-conservatives both point at the ancient world for examples of doing what comes naturally. Their theory is that if certain patterns of human behavior have persisted a long time them they are due to nature not nurture. Blundell's survey is thorough, but largely based on well-known literary sources. In general she finds that repression was usual, especially in classical Athens, and women had little in the way of rights or independence. Connelly's recent book "Portrait of a Priestess" points to the important role of females in Greek religion and gives a somewhat different view. Although the title refers in to "ancient" Greece it, only covers the archaic and classical periods and stops at the death of Alexander. Hellenistic Greece is dealt with in a three page postscript, which is, in many ways, the most interesting and original part, because she suggests that this was an age of relative emancipation. Works such as the "Leucippe and Clitophon" of Achilles Tatius suggest that brother sister (or at least half-brother to half-sister) marriage became common. It would be interesting to learn how (or whether) this came about. The women of the New Testament are not mentioned at all. It would have been interesting to have her views on Lydia of Thyatira, in the 16th chapter of Acts, the dealer in purple cloth, who made her whole staff convert with her, and insisted on Paul and Timothy staying in her house.
Perhaps Blundell has a second book in mind.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth Sohl on December 29, 2005
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I have to disagree with another reviewer. I am definitely NOT "PC", so I read this book with a careful eye towards bias. I must have some myself, because I was pleasantly surprised at how absolutely objective the writing was (I was half expecting some feminist's agenda-mongering cloaked as "history", but found in fact history written more objectively and lively than many male historians' ). Ms. Blundell never writes to purposefully bash the male-centric culture of ancient Athens, just recounts embarassing truths. If someone is offended by what she had to say, perhaps they were reading her words with a biased eye, or simply wanted to ignore the truth. I mean, if you open your eyes to a different viewpoint, you can see where some radical feminist might take offense also, for she just tells it like it is for the sake of comlpleteness (as a historian should), with no axe to grind. I ordered her book to learn about women's life in ancient Greece for a book I'm writing, but again, was pleasantly surprised to find some information on the multifacted nature of the Greek Gods that one doesn't see in the typical books about myths as well as very specific information on the state of medicine in classical times that is hard to find anywhere. This, and references to several Greek poets made this book unexpectedly interesting, more so than I would have thought just from the title. Highly recommended, this is one of the best researched and most clinical books on ancient Greece I have read yet, not to mention necessary. After all, it's about how the other half lived.
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