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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At different stages of their lives , they undertook a wide variety of rites : some
were carried out at home ; others while toiling outside the house ; still others took
place in the context of worship , as individual acts of dedication or as part of ...
She argues that rituals constitute both a mirror into women's lives and an area
where women could articulate their subjectivities and differentiate themselves
from the dominant patriarchal culture . These recent publications have brought to
importance they place on chastity.32 Tertullian claims that priestesses of Ceres
are women who , with their husbands ' consent , dissolve their marriages and live
as celibate widows in service of the goddess . Since Tertullian elsewhere ...
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