Continuities in rape and tyranny in martial societies from antiquity onward

Authored by: Kathy L. Gaca

Women in Antiquity

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

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


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As I argue in this chapter, the martial rape and enslavement of war-captive women and girls have a long history as organized acts of ravaging warfare and ensuing social inequities. First presented in Homeric epic and the Hebrew Bible, these practices are still at work in the modern day with persistent continuities disclosing a tradition of inculcated martial aggression and a related problematic ethos or mindset that has had a strong hand in shaping society to be martially run across generations from antiquity to modernity.

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