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Birth, Death, and Motherhood in Classical Greece (Ancient Society & History)

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Why did Greek society foster social conditions, especially early marriage with its attendant early childbearing, that were known to be dangerous for both mother and child? What were the actual causes of death among women described as dying of childbirth in the Hippocratic Epidemics? Why did families choose to portray labor scenes on tombstones when the Greek commemorative tradition otherwise avoided reference to suffering and illness? In Birth, Death, and Motherhood in Classical Greece, Nancy Demand offers the first comprehensive exploration of the social and cultural construction of childbirth in ancient Greece.

Reading the ancient evidence in light of feminist theory, the Foucauldian notion of discursively constituted objects, medical anthropology, and anthropological studies of the modern Greek village, Demand discusses topics that include midwifery, abortion, attitudes of doctors toward women patients, and the treatment of women generally. For evidence, she relies primarily on the case histories in the Epidemics concerning women with complications in pregnancy, abortion, and childbirth. She also draws relevant details from cure records and dedications from healing sanctuaries, labor scenes depicted on tombstones, Aristophanic comedy, andPlatonic philosophy.

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Bringing feminist theory and medical anthropology to bear on ancient evidence, Demand (history, Indiana U.) uses case histories in the Hippocratic Epidemics to explore the social and cultural construction of childbirth in ancient Greece. Other sources include cure records and dedications from healing sanctuaries. Includes 12 b&w plates of ancient sculptures depicting childbirth scenes.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 239-267) and indexes.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780801847622
Author:
Demand, Nancy
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Location:
Baltimore :
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
Pregnancy & Childbirth
Subject:
Pregnancy
Subject:
Ancient - Greece
Subject:
Greece
Subject:
Social history
Subject:
Women's Studies - History
Subject:
Childbirth
Subject:
Feminist theory
Subject:
Childbirth -- Greece -- History.
Subject:
Greek World -- history.
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
Women -- Greece -- History.
Subject:
World History-Ancient Near East
Series:
Ancient Society & History
Series Volume:
no. 1267
Publication Date:
19940731
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.79x5.78x.97 in. 1.13 lbs.

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