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Women in the Classical World: Image and Text

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ISBN-13: 978-0195098624
ISBN-10: 0195098625
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It's no easy task to assemble accurate portraits of the women of ancient Greece and Rome. Fantham and her collaborators--all professors of classics, history, art history, or Latin--have conducted diligent searches of surviving sources, both literary and visual, to chronicle the lives of women both famous and anonymous, aristocratic and indentured, worshiped and abused. The result is a unique illustrated chronological survey of women's lives built upon a foundation of vivid cultural and social history and laced with poetry, anecdotes, and original interpretations. Women are portrayed within the contexts of household customs, sexual mores, experiences in marriage, outlets for creativity, religion, motherhood, and politics. Each sphere is illuminated in surprising detail, the result of careful yet passionate study of all kinds of texts, from medical treatises to trade documents and literature, as well as by astute scrutiny of images found on monuments, decorative arts, murals, and sculptures. Fantham and company have achieved an exciting and invaluable synthesis of visual and literary materials, a triumph, in sum, of scholarship and analysis. Donna Seaman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"A much needed book which synthesizes text and image very effectively for undergraduates."--Wendy Slatkin, University of Redlands


"Well-written and well-organized text. Good use of artistic and archaeological evidence."--Thea Smith, University of Cincinnati


"A broad range of primary sources is well integrated into interpretive essays on various aspects of the female experience in Greek and Roman societies. The authors are to be congratulated for doing such a good job of introducing the students to the issues."--W.J. Murnane, University of Memphis


"Highly interesting!"--Ann Nauman, St. Joseph Seminary College


"One of the finest works to emerge from recent feminist scholarship....This is the first study to recognize the bounty that previously-ignored source material yields....Seasoned scholars and novices alike will be entranced by this clearly written, richly illustrated account of a mysterious age."--Bookman's World


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (March 30, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195098625
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195098624
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.9 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is a wealth of information on women in the ancient world (mostly Greece and Rome). It is written in such a way that the reader should have no problem understanding any of the concepts. I was afraid that the writings would be bias, but that was not the case. I bought this book as a required textbook for a college class and was suprised to find it here cheaper than at the college bookstore. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the kind of lives that the women of antiquity lived.
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Elaine Fantham (perhaps best known in the non-academic community as the Classical commentator on NPR) authored, with other contributors, this superb introductory study to women's studies in ancient Greece and Rome in 1994. Since then, the whole field of studies in the lives of classical-age women has taken off like a rocket, but Dr. Fantham's book - with her co-writers, Helen Peet Foley, Natalie Boymel Kampen, Sarah B. Pomeroy, and H. Alan Shapiro - still manages to provide the best introduction I know to this subject. As stated in the preface, "The purpose of this book is to gather the most important primary sources, both written and visual, for the lives of ancient women, and to present them within their historical and cultural context." Therefore this is a tremendous sourcebook not only for original sources on women's lives, but with equal emphasis to art as well as the written word. If you're beginning to learn about this fascinating field (which is still 'relatively' new in classical studies), this book is a must.
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This is a must-have text for students of classical studies. The print is large enough to read - a blessing - and the content rounds out all the other information your teachers have stuffed into you. I loved the book and recommend it for any student in this field. AA++
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Well written and rich with information on all aspects of women in Greece and Rome. I heavily relied on this book when I was writing my writing sample and took a Women in Antiquity class, with this book being one of the required sources. The authors include primary source passages on the subjects they tackle in this book and has great images to go with the readings [accordingly].
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I received this very speedy and it was just what I wanted ND what I needed at Cheap price. While other people in my class paid like $50 I paid less than $10 I'm so happy
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