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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What is clear is that the defining moment , the “ wearing ” ( or “ shedding ” ) of the
krokotos ( Aristophanes , Lysistrata 645 ) is not depicted , since the girls are not
wearing saffron robes . 14 Perhaps more important than the sketchy iconography
we should perhaps take seriously the implications of this vase painting for the
Greek concept of age - groups and their role in Athenian cult practice . If an artist
saw fit to represent the coming of age of a hetaira as a four - stage process , then
Maybe this was the night on which the women used their torches , perhaps
singing and dancing . 45 On the third day , as I reconstruct it , comes the work of
bailing up material from the pits , followed by a feast . According to the Lucian
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Sources and Methodology
THE SCANDAL OF WOMENS RITUAL
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