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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Those to Asclepius and Hygieia , on the other hand , were made , in most cases ,
by father and mother together , and the inscriptions are more ... We find a similar
pattern of preference - mothers for Eileithyia , fathers for Asclepius - at Athens .
The hapax patog in our inscription is probably modeled on the use of the
feminine uata to refer to “ mother substitutes ” of various sorts , and it seems
clearly employed to accommodate the insertion of the father . Indeed , it is
tempting to ...
Amorgos ( Eileithyia ) : IG XII ( 7 ) 82-84 ( all three dedicated by fathers and
mothers together ) . Boeotian Anthedon ( Artemis Eileithyia ) : IG VII 4174 ( father
only ) . Athens ( Eileithyia ) : SEG 35 : 141 , AM 67.56–57 no . 94 ( both by fathers
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Sources and Methodology
THE SCANDAL OF WOMENS RITUAL
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