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 discussion of Karanika forms part of the larger project of documenting
women's presence and power diachronically through female traditions of song ,
and to this end she draws on ethnographic comparanda.39 Faraone's account of
The concluding chapter looks forward in time , and Gaca emphasizes the power
that the female pagan pantheon continued to exert in the area of sexual
reproduction in the eyes of early Christian writers , who condemned vehemently
Could the morotton and the female dwarf be construed as magic devices to
ensure fertility ? We know that deformity was derided in ancient Greece , and
religious officials were not allowed to be deformed in any way . It is therefore
difficult at ...
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