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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Recent scholarship on women's rituals reflects the cross - fertilization between
studies devoted to gender and those examining religion and ritual.20 The
construction of sex through gender and its implications for assessing gender
roles have ...
Each selects a different point of emphasis , ranging from a comprehensive
treatment of women's religious activities in Greece to the examination of the
connections between ritual space , gender , and the body , to a reflection on
matters of ...
If we see these practices - no matter how discordant they may seem when
compared to women's daily actions — as a form of gender performance , it
becomes clear that the wildness and abandon of these rituals constitute a
compulsory form of ...
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THE SCANDAL OF WOMENS RITUAL
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