Chapter

How shall we take our leave of 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/9780748616435.003.0008
How shall we take our leave of them?

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This book has described every aspect of women's lives in ancient Greece, including their sexuality and marriage. History is not born like Athena, springing from her father's head already complete fully armed and for always. If all histories of the Greeks, the Romans, the sixteenth-century humanists, German positivists, French radical socialists, Marxists and neo-Marxists of the twentieth century, and today, sin gravely, it is by their own successive failings. History never stops annexing the histories of living epochs; it has to pile up centuries and millennia, and needs other historical views of past worlds. There have to be medieval clerics reading Aristotle, men of the Renaissance reading Plutarch. It was necessary to wait till the end of the twentieth century for enough histories to die, amassed by the sucessive attentions of living eras, finally to see the birth, in the heart of our times, of one of the most overlooked: that of the feminine gender.

Keywords: Aristotle; ancient Greece; women; gender; history; Athena; Plutarch

Chapter.  1205 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Classical History

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