Women of the epics

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:
Women of the epics

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To talk of women in their entirety, the poets needed to contrast or bracket together only two conditions: that of daughter and that of wife. So succinct when it came to women, Homer embraces at one stroke everything of importance in Trojan womanhood (men's daughters, sisters, mothers and wives). Daughters and wives, because marriage divides this troubled breed into two, giving them two identities. In order to follow, even hesitantly, the Greek concept of the feminine in the epic, this chapter takes the heroines themselves as guides, from Iliad to Odyssey, from model to model, following Briseis and Chryseis, then Nausicaa and lastly Penelope.

Keywords: Homer; Iliad; Odyssey; women; epic; heroines; men's daughters; wives; marriage; mothers

Chapter.  12674 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Classical History

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