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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D'Ambra shows that the goddess was not constrained by gender but straddled
both genders , overseeing boys ' and girls ... the practice reflects a broad kind of
identification with the identity of the goddess , whose primary role in male
When the goddess's ship arrived at the mouth of the Tiber , she was to be met by
Nasica , who had been selected by the Senate as the vir optimus of Rome , and
the most respectable women of the city . Claudia had been excluded from this ...
That her portfolio included warfare , power politics , and medicine suggests that
the goddess was in no way constrained by conventions of gender and that her
cult articulated the development of cultural institutions from their allegedly
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Sources and Methodology
THE SCANDAL OF WOMENS RITUAL
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