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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36 Part 2 , “ Sources and Methodology , ” focuses on the difficulties of recovering
evidence about women's ritual practices from male - authored sources . Women's
religious authority was at once recognized and undermined , as Lyons ...
The sources are silent about punishments meted out to other priestesses . Aside
from these most prominent public priesthoods at Rome itself , ancient literary
sources provide little information about officials of other cults elsewhere in
Despite confusion in the sources , Fortuna Virilis and Venus Verticordia were
clearly two different deities who were worshipped on at least one particular day
by two different groups of women . Other ancient sources ( Macr . , Sat. 1.12.15 ...
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Sources and Methodology
THE SCANDAL OF WOMENS RITUAL
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