Women in Late Antiquity: Pagan and Christian Lifestyles (Paperback)
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Short Description for Women in Late Antiquity Provides an introduction to women's lives in the centuries when Christianity became the dominant religion. This book contains chapters on women and the law, medicine, and domestic life. It discusses some of the ancient and many influential theories about the nature of women. It also contains examples.
- Published: 01 September 1994
- Format: Paperback 184 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780198721666 ISBN 10: 0198721668
- Sales rank: 751,749
Full description for Women in Late Antiquity
Although there are many books on women in the ancient world, this is the first to explore in depth what life was like for women in the period of late antiquity (3rd to 6th centuries AD) once Christianity became the dominant religion. It is also unique in focusing on both pagan and Christian lifestyles. Dr Clark provides a fascinating and comprehensive introduction to the basic conditions of life for women: marriage, divorce, celibacy, and prostitution; legal constraints and protection; child-bearing, health care and medical theories; housing, housework, and clothes; and ancient, some still influential, theories about the nature of women. The author uses a wide range of source material - both Christian and non-Christian writings, art, and archaeology - to illustrate both what life was really like and the prevailing "discourses" of the ancient world.