Constraints of Desire: Anthropology of Sex and Gender in Ancient Greece (Paperback)
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Short Description for Constraints of Desire Drawing on new anthropological approaches, John Winkler considers the lives of men and women in Ancient Greece.
- Published: 22 March 1990
- Format: Paperback 282 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780415901239 ISBN 10: 0415901235
- Sales rank: 1,036,257
Full description for Constraints of Desire
For centuries, classical scholars have intensely debated the "position of women" in classical Athens. Did women have a vast but informal power, or were they little better than slaves? Using methods developed from feminist anthropology, Winkler steps back from this narrowly framed question and puts it in the larger context of how sex and gender in ancient Greece were culturally constructed. His innovative approach uncovers the very real possibilities for female autonomy that existed in Greek society.