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 unites these examples , however , is evidence of a degree of male
fascination with that from which men are excluded . The flip side of this
fascination is an apparent devaluing of the concealed female rites , which we see
in Aristophanes ...
1994 , 230-37 ; Gagé 1963 ; Kraemer 1992 , 50-92 ; McGinn 1998 , 23–26 (
focusing on rites observed by prostitutes ) ; Pomeroy 1995 , 205–26 ; Scheid
1992 and 2003 ; and Staples 1998 . 7. On the connection of the Bona Dea and
Just as importantly , this approach also helps demonstrate that the christianizing
of the women's sexual and reproductive rites , in particular , worked to transform
the polytheistic culture of ancient Greece into a culture largely of the biblical God
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Sources and Methodology
THE SCANDAL OF WOMENS RITUAL
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