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Women's History and Ancient History Paperback – August 1, 1991

ISBN-13: 978-0807843109 ISBN-10: 0807843105 Edition: 1ST

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press; 1ST edition (August 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807843105
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807843109
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,576,445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This well-chosen group of studies is to be warmly welcomed. . . . Based firmly and critically on the ancient evidence, these papers are as illuminating as they are objective. The cooperation of writers on related themes has proved particularly fruitful, contributing to an integrated volume that can be compared with the best current work on the ancient world.--Elaine Fantham, Princeton University

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Sarah B. Pomeroy is professor of clasics at Hunter College and the Graduate School, City University of New York.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Luc REYNAERT on July 22, 2006
Format: Paperback
A lot of the essays in this book are highly specialized studies, only for Ancient History scholars, like 'Three Case Studies in Hippocratic Gynecological Therapy and Theory', or 'What's in a Name? The Emergence of a Title for Royal Women in the Hellenistic Period'.

More generally interesting essays are two women portraits: One of Fulvia, the wife of Marcus Antonius, and her political influence in Ancient Rome, with Cicero in the role of a 'whournalist'; another of Plancia Magna of Perse, a very wealthy maecenas.

For women's history, the following studies are important:

'The cultural Construct of the Female Body' : the Greek used natural female characteristics in order to justify the subordination of the female to the male.

'Menstruants and the Sacred in Judaism and Christianity': the reason for considering ejaculation as impure was to limit the frequency of sexual intercourse, 'so that sages should not behave like roosters.'
'The rhetoric of impurity only served to strenghten and justify the marginalization of women.'

'Women in the Spartan Revolutions': Women's economic power appears as one of the essential features of the Spartan revolutions, because they owned the majority of the land. The aim of the Spartan revolutions was to put an end to the unequal distribution of wealth, which was the major cause of the city's decline.
And more importantly (!), 'the Spartan men obeyed their wives and allowed them to become active in public matters.'

'Family Behavior of the Roman Aristocracies': in order to control the size of their families, the Romans possessed in addition to contraception, an efficient method: the exposure of the unwanted newborn children.
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