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Birth, Death, and Motherhood in Classical Greece (Ancient Society and History) Hardcover – July 1, 1994

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Demand's book brings welcome light to the problems that pregnant women are likely to have faced in Greek antiquity, and to the ways in which a male-dominated society sought to understand and manage women's necessary role in procreation.

(Classical Review)

There is much here to provoke thought and not least because the author believes that male control of female reproductivity was woven inextricably into the institutions of the polis.

(Greece and Rome)

A wide-ranging and general account, using written and visual evidence to focus, above all, on women as child-bearers, brought up and socialized through rituals to bear children for the family and the state, in patterns of early and frequent childbirth which were, contradictorily, damaging to their and their children's health or survival.

(Nick Fisher Times Literary Supplement)

Nancy Demand has constructed a richer, more nuanced, and very likely far more accurate picture of childbirth and its attendant dangers than we have had to date. Her collection of translations of the Hippocratic texts on childbirth and related issues will be of great value for future investigators.

(Valerie French, American University)

About the Author

Nancy Demand is professor emeritus of history at Indiana University.


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Product Details

  • Series: Ancient Society and History
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press (July 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801847621
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801847622
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,758,783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By TammyJo Eckhart VINE VOICE on May 15, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Demand is in her area of specialization, medicine, and into the more general field of women and motherhood. Strong use of ancient evidence and knowledge of medicine itself, help make this book a must read for those interested in women, motherhood, or medicine in the ancient world. More time spent on women's view of medicine might improve but such information is scarse. Not written for the layperson or undergraduate.
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