Women in Classical Athens (Paperback)
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Short Description for Women in Classical Athens This text investigates the many contrasting images of Athenian women which the classical age produced, and relates them to the great goddesses and mythological heroines who shared with them the space reserved for "the feminine" aspect of experience.
- Published: 01 April 2013
- Format: Paperback 116 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781853995439 ISBN 10: 1853995436
- Sales rank: 703,824
Full description for Women in Classical Athens
This book takes as its starting-point the images of women in the Parthenon sculptures, in order to investigate two levels of feminine experience in Classical Athens, the human and the divine. The inter-play between women's religious prominence and their domestic obscurity is examined in relation to the young citizen women who lead the procession; while the great goddesses represented in the frieze are studies in terms of their relationships with their human worshippers and, on a symbolic level, with the mythological females, such as the Amazons, who appear in the metopes. Finally, the book turns to a third aspect of th e feminine experience, and looks at the women who do not appear in the Parthenon sculptures - the prostitutes, slaves and alien women who made a vital economic and ideological contribution to the Athenian achievement.