Review by Choice Review
This collection contributes as much to the study of women's lives in the ancient world as Pomeroy's Goddesses, Whores, Wives, and Slaves (CH, Dec'75) has since its publication. The 12 essays in the current volume provide a nearly unprecedented range of topics, from Sappho's poetry to Roman Asia Minor, from paganism to Judaism and Christianity, from Hellenistic queens to the redoubtable Fulvia. The chapters on health and science are particularly welcome. The reader will regret the authors' reluctance to discuss at greater length the entire life course of a woman, not just youth and maturity. In terms of methodology, individual chapters demonstrate both the use of the most traditional kinds of evidence and the application of promising multidisciplinary perspectives. The collection supplements nicely the third volume (including entries on women and family life) of Civilization of the Ancient Mediterranean: Greece and Rome, ed. by Michael Grant and Rachel Kitzinger (CH, Jan'89). The absence of a separate reference list will frustrate the serious reader, but many of the notes are invaluable to the specialist. All levels.-J. de Luce, Miami University (OH)
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