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Finding Persephone


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Part 1. Introduction
1. Ritual and Gender: Critical Perspectives Angeliki Tzanetou
Part 2. Sources and Methodology
2. The Scandal of Women's Ritual Deborah Lyons
Part 3. Gender and Agency
3. Looking for the Images: Representations of Girls' Rituals in Ancient Athens Jenifer Neils
4. Improvising on the Athenian Stage: Women's Ritual Practice in Drama Barbara Goff
5. Sanctissima femina: Social Categorization and Women's Religious Experience in the Roman Republic Celia E. Schultz
6. Threat and Hope: Women's Rituals and Civil War in Roman Epic Vassiliki Panoussi
Part 4. Performance
7. Folk Songs as Ritual Acts: The Case of Work-Songs Andromache Karanika
8. The Rise of the Demon Womb in Greco-Roman Antiquity Christopher A. Faraone
9. Thesmophoria and Eleusinian Mysteries: The Fascination of Women's Secret Ritual Eva Stehle
Part 5. Appropriations and Adaptations
10. Worshipping Demeter in Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt Maryline Parca
11. Nuptiarum Sollemnia? Girls' Transition to Marriage in the Roman Jurists Lauren Caldwell
12. Maidens and Manhood in the Worship of Diana at Nemi Eve D'Ambra
13. Male Improvisation in the "Women's Cult" of Eileithyia on Paros David D. Leitao
14. Early Christian Antipathy toward the Greek "Women Gods" Kathy L. Gaca

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Reveals women's active role in religious life and rituals in the ancient world

About the Author

Maryline Parca teaches at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is author of The Franchetti Collection in Rome: Inscriptions and Sculptural Fragments.Angeliki Tzanetou teaches at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has published articles on women's rituals and politics in Greek drama.


"As the excellent introduction makes clear, there are good reasons why the study of women and religion is an exciting topic at this time." H. Alan Shapiro, Johns Hopkins University

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