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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their agency more than their immediate task . They claim a voice that invests
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There has been no scholarly agreement on the function or meaning of this
strange rite.49 But the etiological myth supplied by our sole source for the rite
suggests that it functioned in part as a ritual response to doubtful paternity . The
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mythical colonizers , became instruments of Athenian imperial propaganda in the
Aegean . This fifth - century manipulation of the Theseus myth inevitably set up
the Athenian hero as a rival claimant to Dionysus regarding the paternity of ...
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Sources and Methodology
THE SCANDAL OF WOMENS RITUAL
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