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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The connection is not unknown in Roman society , but perhaps less marked
because Roman banquets did not usually exclude “ respectable ” women .
Roman men were nonetheless traditionally quite concerned with women's
drinking , as is ...
On the connection of the Bona Dea and her December festival to concerns about
agricultural and human fertility , see Versnel 1992. For a thorough consideration
of the Greek Thesmophoria , to which Versnel compares the Bona Dea's festival ...
... participation at the present funeral , especially in view of the failure of the burial
she had earlier attempted . Ultimately , however , the women's rituals offset these
ambiguities and assert the beneficial effects of their connection with religious ...
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THE SCANDAL OF WOMENS RITUAL
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