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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Many of my fellow contributors to this volume , and to the conference from which it
emerged , are engaged in precisely this project , as are many others mentioned
by Tzanetou in her introduction . Some notable contributions to this reevaluation
... fumigated with fragrant substances from below and have approved of
suppositories of spikenard & storax , so that the uterus fleeing the first -
mentioned odors , but pursuing the last mentioned , might move from the upper to
the lower parts .
Her cult is mentioned already in Hom . Od . 19.188 , but it almost certainly goes
back to the Bronze Age , to judge from the mention of the name e - re - u - tija =
Eleuthia in several Linear B tablets from Knossos ( KN Gg 705 , Od 714–716 ) .
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Sources and Methodology
THE SCANDAL OF WOMENS RITUAL
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