Women in Early Iron Age and Archaic Greece

A view from the grave

Authored by: James Whitley

Women in Antiquity

Print publication date:  August  2016
Online publication date:  August  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138808362
eBook ISBN: 9781315621425
Adobe ISBN: 9781317219910

10.4324/9781315621425.ch46

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Abstract

This book is about ‘real women’ in Antiquity. That is, it is not about goddesses such as Athena, Artemis, Demeter, or Hera; neither is it about women in ‘fiction’ (that is in any of the tales we associate with Greek myth, such as the Trojan War cycle). So no mention of Penelope, Briseis, Andromache, Elektra, Clytemnestra, or Antigone – however vividly such characters endure in the modern consciousness of the ancient world. And certainly no sphinxes or gorgons, however strongly they figure in Greek or later Western art, and no matter how much they may have influenced modern notions of the unconscious.

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