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Which paths will lead us to them?

Pierre Brulé and Antonia Nevill

in Women of Ancient Greece

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2003 | ISBN: 9780748616435
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651023 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748616435.003.0001
Which paths will lead us to them?

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There were many in ancient Greece who suffered from two handicaps: being women and slaves, women and foreigners, women and excluded from the social system. This book breathes fresh life into accounts of Greek women that have come down to us through more than two millennia. To this end, it arranges this discovery of the feminine from the starting point of a few ‘lives’. The successive stories of several women, from Penelope to Neaera, from the early eighth to the late fourth century bc, will certainly bear witness to some singular destinies, but by their interweavings will also contribute to the reconstruction of the image of a gender. The book leaves the soldiers' barracks of the Iliad to go and visit the ‘houses’ of Athens, and also its courts of law.

Keywords: Penelope; ancient Greece; Neaera; women; gender; houses; Athens; courts of law

Chapter.  2336 words. 

Subjects: Classical History

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