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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ritual action , so that another notion of the polis , or at least a rethinking of it , is
implicitly recommended . ... the women of Thebes , if not the women of Lydia , are
possessed by the god and so not wholly accountable for their own actions .
public sphere , Latinus is confined within the house ( saepsit se tectis , 600 ) ,
secluded and silenced , withdrawn from action and speech ( neque plura locutus
, 599 ) . As we have seen , through their bacchic activity , women take on the ...
This difficult scholion is the sole source for this action , although Pausanias ( 9.8.
1 ) mentions Boeotian women performing traditional rituals for Demeter and Kore
at a “ set time ” at a sanctuary near Thebes , including releasing pigs into “ so ...
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Sources and Methodology
THE SCANDAL OF WOMENS RITUAL
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