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Women in Greek Myth Paperback – September 1, 1990
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An intelligent, readable and useful analysis of the issues bearing on the status of women in ancient myth and society.Classical World(Classical World)
Women in Greek Myth exemplifies the characteristics of philological mastery, poetic insight, historical understanding, and lucid style that we have come to expect in a book by Mary Lefkowitz.(New England Classical Newsletter)
A smashing book in every sense of the word.(Observer)
An intelligent, readable, and useful analysis of the issues bearing on the status of women in ancient myth and society.(Classical World)
Exemplifies the characteristics of philological mastery, poetic insight, historical understanding, and lucid style that we have come to expect in a book by Mary Lefkowitz.(New England Classical Journal)
A smashing book in every sense of the word.(Observer) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Her well-cited perspective on women's lives was refreshing after the unapologetic sexism of early Classicists and more recent gender scholars' categorical assumption of victimization. She discusses - it really does feel like a conversation, and I really like that style - the idea of powerful mythic women (Princess Ida and the Amazons), Chosen Women, Women Without Men, Wives, Martyrs, and Misogyny, and has interesting things to say about each part. I do wish that there had been more work done on women among women and what traits women valued among themselves, but that may have been too much to ask given the texts we have. I don't necessarily agree with everything she asserts, but I definitely enjoy considering it!
This book is just as interesting to read as a critique of Classicist scholarship and as an anthropological take on what we value, as a culture, when approaching gender, as it is an insightful and succinct argument for a new perspective on the women of ancient Greece through their own stories.