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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More recent studies question this assessment . ... 14 The essays in this collection
address women's ritual experiences by focusing on the questions of agency ,
civic identity , performance , and gender definition ; and they treat these issues as
22 Ultimately , these questions about status are not answered definitively by the
jurists , but Ulpian does imply that the ... Underage “ marriage ” also calls into
question the closeness of the connection between the wedding ceremony and a
The performance in question is the offering to Eileithyia of a statue of an adoptive
son by his adoptive parents . The statue itself was never found ; the inscribed
rectangular base and inscription have not been seen since the late nineteenth ...
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Sources and Methodology
THE SCANDAL OF WOMENS RITUAL
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