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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... to the complexity of the manifestations of women's involvement in their
societies , ancient and modern , and to discern ... modify the perspective that we
as modern scholars bring to bear on the status of women in ancient religion and
Rome , ” she argues , “ was divided into religious and social categories along the
same lines as was Roman society as a whole . ” Her broad - ranging discussion
of women's religious roles in Republican Rome focuses inter alia on the criteria ...
It is anthropologists who remind us that women's role in society has been , in
many cultures , constructed as ahistorical . The division of labor allowed for the
characterization of women as somehow outside of time , unchanging , eternal ...
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