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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A small group of Athenian vases illustrates some of these activities performed by
women , but which of them might ... out dough.21 The most clear - cut example of
the act of pounding grain as a ritual activity appears on a non - Attic vase .
By regulating a respectable woman's sexual activity , the law was attempting to
protect a husband's concerns about paternity ; in turn , the law was attempting to
protect estates and the transmission of property to the next generation . Because
... Second Clement , Tatian , Clement , Tertullian , and Methodius further reveal
how crucial it was in early Christianity to win Greeks and other Gentiles from the
goddesses who used to preside over female sexual activity and reproduction .
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Sources and Methodology
THE SCANDAL OF WOMENS RITUAL
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