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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As a result , the movement of the maenads to the wild not only suggests the
collapse of spatial differentiation between human and animal , civilization and the
wild , but also dissolves gender and social hierarchies . The women's bacchic
At the same time , Latinus ' resignation from the action suggests that the entire
state is in peril as a result of the women's ritual action ( rerumque reliquit
habenas , 600 ) . The violence that the women's bacchic rituals generate not only
As a result , Marcia's empowerment fails to articulate a viable alternative to her
husband's cause but renders her instead a complement to his persona . The
flawed ritual , along with the confusion of marriage and funeral rites , highlights
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Sources and Methodology
THE SCANDAL OF WOMENS RITUAL
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