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Title The sacred and the feminine in ancient Greece / edited by Sue Blundell and Margaret Williamson.

Published London ; New York : Routledge, 1998.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  292.08082 SACR    AVAILABLE
Physical description x, 192 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 174-186) and index.
Contents 1. Introduction -- 2. The gamos of Hera: myth and ritual / Isabelle Clark -- 3. Domesticating Artemis / Susan Guettel Cole -- 4. Marriage and the maiden: narratives on the Parthenon / Sue Blundell -- 5. Born old or never young? Femininity, childhood and the goddesses of ancient Greece / Lesley Beaumont -- 6. The nature of heroines / Emily Kearns -- 7. Death becomes her: gender and Athenian death ritual / Karen Stears -- 8. In the mirror of Dionysos / Richard Seaford -- 9. Thesmophoria and Haloa: myth, physics and mysteries / N. J. Lowe.
Summary In Classical Greece women were almost entirely excluded from public life. Yet the feminine was accorded a central place in religious thought and ritual. The public symbolism of religion included powerful figures like Hera, Artemis and Athene; female worshippers often breached the boundary between public and private space; and both men and women negotiated gendered identities through their performance of ritual. This volume is a lively and colorful exploration of the ways in which religion and ritual reveal women's importance in the Greek "polis," showing how ideologies about female roles and behavior were both endorsed and challenged in the realm of the sacred.
Other author Blundell, Sue.
Williamson, Margaret, 1947-
Subject Women and religion -- Greece -- History.
Greece -- Religion.
ISBN 0415126622
0415126630 (paperback)