Daughters of Gaia: Women in the Ancient Mediterranean World

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Daughters of Gaia: Women in the Ancient Mediterranean World

Format:  Paperback,

232 pages

Publisher: Univ of Oklahoma Pr

Publish Date: Oct 2008

ISBN-13: 9780806139920

ISBN-10: 0806139927

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The experiences of women in ancient cultures were certainly very difficult from those of most women today. Yet a tendency to focus too much on the restrictions early Western women faced has until now provided readers with an incomplete picture. In " Daughters of Gaia, " Bella Vivante explores women's lives in four ancient civilizations of the Mediterranean: Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, and Rome. Looking at this era with a women-centered perspective, Vivante highlights women's agency and explains the social, political, and cultural factors that fostered female empowerment. Beginning with powerful images of goddesses and women's roles in the religious sphere, Vivante lays the foundation for women's activities in other social realms--Health, economica, governance, war, philosophy, and poetry. By examining the similarities and differences among the four Mediterranean civilizations, she offers a deeper understanding of the lives of women in each. Drawing on her extended contact with Native American peoples and her knowledge of Native concepts of women's identities, Vivante applies new models for viewing women's roles in the ancient world.

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Publisher: Univ of Oklahoma Pr
Publish Date: Oct 2008
ISBN-13: 9780806139920
ISBN-10: 0806139927
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 232
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.85
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.1
Walmart No.: 9780806139920

Chapter outline

Illustrationsp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations Timelinesp. xvii
Introductionp. xxi
Ancient Goddesses-The Primacy of Female Divinityp. 1
Sanctifying Women's Lives-Ancient Women's Ritualsp. 29
A Woman's Life in Ancient Culturesp. 51
Health and Medicinep. 75
From Home to Market-The Economic Bases of Women's Livesp. 95
From Matrons to Female Kings-Women Who Ruled from Home and from the Thronep. 115
Women and War-Symbol, Object, and Warriorp. 137
In Her Own Voice 1-Women's Philosophical Writingsp. 155
In Her Own Voice 2-Women's Poetryp. 175
Epiloguep. 203
Glossaryp. 205
Notesp. 207
Further Readingsp. 213
Indexp. 223

Book description

The experiences of women in ancient cultures were certainly very difficult from those of most women today. Yet a tendency to focus too much on the restrictions early Western women faced has until now provided readers with an incomplete picture. In Daughters of Gaia, Bella Vivante explores women’s lives in four ancient civilizations of the Mediterranean: Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, and Rome. Looking at this era with a women-centered perspective, Vivante highlights women’s agency and explains the social, political, and cultural factors that fostered female empowerment.

Beginning with powerful images of goddesses and women’s roles in the religious sphere, Vivante lays the foundation for women’s activities in other social realms--Health, economica, governance, war, philosophy, and poetry. By examining the similarities and differences among the four Mediterranean civilizations, she offers a deeper understanding of the lives of women in each. Drawing on her extended contact with Native American peoples and her knowledge of Native concepts of women’s identities, Vivante applies new models for viewing women’s roles in the ancient world.

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