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  • Published: 1 July 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407054018
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 288

Goddesses, Whores, Wives and Slaves

Women in Classical Antiquity




'The classic, groundbreaking account of women's lives in Greece and Rome. . the first treatment of women in the ancient world reflect the critical insights of modern feminism'. Mary Beard, Times Literary Supplement.

What did women do in ancient Greece and Rome? Did Socrates' wife Xanthippe ever hear his dialogues on beauty and truth? How many many women actually read the histories of Herodotus and Thucydides? When pagan goddesses were as powerful as gods, why was the status of women generally so low? Why, in traditional histories, is half the population effectively invisible? This unique and important book spans a period of 1500 years - from the fall of Troy to the death of Constantine. It examines all the available evidence - literary and archaeological - and reconstructs the lives of women from all classes of society.

  • Pub date: 1 July 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407054018
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 288

About the Author

Sarah B Pomeroy

Sarah B. Pomeroy was born in New York City and educated at Barnard College and Columbia University. She has lived in England and several other European countries and has taught at a number of universities, including Vassar College and Columbia. Her books include, Women in Hellenistic Egypt from Alexander to Cleopatra, Women's History and Ancient History, Women in the Classical World: Image and Text and Xenophon: Oeconomicus: A Social and Historical Commentary.


Praise for Goddesses, Whores, Wives and Slaves

“The classic, groundbreaking account of women's lives in Greece and Rome. . the first treatment of women in the ancient world reflect the critical insights of modern feminism”

Mary Beard, Times Literary Supplement


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