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Goddesses, Whores, Wives, and Slaves


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Table of Contents

1. Goddesses and Gods
2. Women in the Bronze Age and Homeric Epic
3. The Dark Age and the Archaic Period
4. Women and the City of Athens
5. Private Life in Classical Athens
6. Images of Women in the Literature of Classical Athens
7. Hellenistic Women
8. The Roman Matron of the Late Republic and Early Empire
9. Women of the Roman Lower Classes
10. The Role of Women in the Religion of the Romans

Epilogue: The Elusive Women of Classical Antiquity

About the Author

SARAH B. POMEROY is an American ancient historian, author, translator, and former professor of classics. She is best known for her work on women's history in classical antiquity, and has written over ten books.


“An essential text in the process of retrieving women's part in history, it is also an absorbing story, fascinating and dramatic to read.”
—Marilyn French

“With this book Sarah Pomeroy created a new area of modern classical studies. . . . The book has itself become a classic.”
—H. A. Shapiro, University of Canterbury

“Pomeroy’s pioneering study on the status and activities of women in antiquity was, and has remained, a milestone in classical historiography. . . . That no one today would dream of writing a major work on ancient social history with no index entry for ‘women’ is due in no small part to her revolutionary, yet scrupulously scholarly, trail-blazing work.”
—Peter Green, Univerity of Texas at Austin

“Extraordinary and durable. . . . Opens up a traditional discpline to a whole new range of questions and issues while providing enlightenment about the past for feminists and nonfeminists alike.”
—Natalie Kampen, Barnard College

“The first general treatment of women in the ancient world to reflect the critical insights of modern feminism. Though much debated, its position as the basic textbook on women's history in Greece and Rome has hardly been challenged.”
—Mary Beard, The Times Literary Supplement (London)

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