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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Although both episodes place the women in the position not of actors but of those
acted upon , the seriousness of the consequences may in part reflect the greater
political influence and power ( although all of it informal ) wielded by women in ...
If women are filling a specific cult role , their improvisations can appear as even
more positive and benign : Iphigeneia among the Taurians exploits her position
as priestess of Artemis to assist her brother in carrying away the cult statue .
... obtained religious honors also came by those honors because of their spouses
' positions as leading politicians of the ... hostesses of these events as applied to
priestesses - lineage ( assured by the prominence of their social position ) and ...
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Sources and Methodology
THE SCANDAL OF WOMENS RITUAL
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