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A companion to women in the ancient world

Corporate Author: Wiley Online Library.
Other Authors: James, Sharon L., Dillon, Sheila.
Format: Online Book
Language: English
Published: Chichester, West Sussex : Wiley-Blackwell, 2012
Series: Blackwell companions to the ancient world.
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Online Access: Online version
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This hefty Blackwell Companion takes an interdisciplinary look at ongoing research on the lives of ancient women. The authors evaluate the traditions and shortcomings of past scholarship as well as the pitfalls and potential of current approaches. After a case study and five chapters on women outside Athens and Rome, the text proceeds chronologically through sections covering the archaic and classical, Hellenistic and late republican periods, and the beginnings of empire and empire to Christianity. The book begins with maps and ends with a bibliography about women in late antiquity (except Egypt); a massive, up-to-date list of references; and a useful index of ancient women (biblical, mythological, historical, and literary/fictional). Each chapter also concludes with recommended readings. Beginning with acknowledgment of Sarah Pomeroy's seminal 1975 work Goddesses, Whores, Wives, and Slaves (CH, Dec'75), this enterprising book aims to bring together textual, visual, and archaeological evidence to expose a wide range of scholars and audiences to varied sources and to the advances in methodological approaches since Pomeroy. While the scope of topics here is massive and not every subject has been covered, this is an invaluable compilation of great breadth and a valuable resource on an important, complex subject. Summing Up: Essential. Most levels/libraries. S. Brown J. Paul Getty Museum

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