Finding Persephone: Women's Rituals in the Ancient Mediterranean
Drawing upon the latest research in gender studies, history of religion, feminism, ritual theory, performance, anthropology, archaeology, and art history, Finding Persephone investigates the ways in which the religious lives and ritual practices of women in Greek and Roman antiquity helped shape their social and civic identity. Barred from participating in many public arenas, women asserted their presence by performing rituals at festivals and presiding over rites associated with life passages and healing. The essays in this lively and timely volume reveal the central place of women in the religious and ritual practices of the societies of the ancient Mediterranean. Readers interested in religion, women's studies, and classical antiquity will find a unique exploration of the nature and character of women's autonomy within the religious sphere and a full account of women's agency in the public domain.
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Odysseus , and Achilles , all of whom have some kind of investment in the death of the maiden . As every commentator notes , beginning with Aristotle ...
In this regard , she reverses the tragic model of marriage to death : whereas in tragedy , the bride is usually a virgin whose death negates the natural ...
Contact with death is contact with the goddess . Demeter welcomes women's grief and delights in their exposing of their hidden , “ shameful sexual knowledge ...
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