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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Diodorus Siculus , the only literary source Pingiatoglou cites as explicitly
attributing a healing function to the goddess , actually says that Eileithyia has “
care of women who suffer while giving birth ” ( θεραπείας των εν τω τίκτειν
A dedicatory relief from the fourth century BCE recently discovered at Achinos
shows a mother who has just given birth presenting the newborn to a standing
torch - bearing goddess , probably Artemis.25 The concern of this birth goddess ...
The exaggerated absence of Theseus during Ariadne's labor is presented almost
as the cause of her death and her failure to give birth to a son ( so Rudhardt 1975
, 117 ) . We may thus understand the ritual to have been instituted to make ...
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Sources and Methodology
THE SCANDAL OF WOMENS RITUAL
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