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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Our goal is to examine the extent to which religion provides an index of women's
agency and possesses the power to affirm , contest , or modify the perspective
that we as modern scholars bring to bear on the status of women in ancient ...
The essays are not chronologically arranged but are organized around the
headings of agency , performance , and appropriation . Such organization —
under analytic rather than thematic or chronological categories — reflects the
1985 and Becher 1990 have moved beyond unilateral assessments of
evidentiary constraints and proposed a dialectical understanding of the concept
of agency . Thus Margaret Miles , in her introduction to Immaculate and Powerful ,
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Sources and Methodology
THE SCANDAL OF WOMENS RITUAL
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