Synopses & Reviews
Informed by the work of seventy-five distinguished historians, this five-volume series sets before us an engaging, panoramic chronicle that extends from antiquity to the present day.
The inaugural volume brings women from the margins of ancient history into the fore. It offers fresh insight into more than twenty centuries of Greek and Roman history and encompasses a landscape that stretches from the North Sea to the Mediterranean and from the Pillars of Hercules to the banks of the Indus. The authors draw upon a wide range of sources including gravestones, floor plans, papyrus rolls, vase paintings, and literary works to illustrate how representations of women evolved during this age. They journey into the minds of men and bring to light an imaginative history of women and of the relations between the sexes.
[This book contains] a wealth of knowledge and a scholarly scrupulosity which bodes well for its successors. Helen Hackett
A series of carefully interrelated essays that form the first volume of a five-part encyclopedic history of women...[This work] marks the rapid development over the past twenty years in the study of women in the ancient world. Times Higher Education Supplement
A stellar cast of historians from many countries here examines women's bodies, hearts, and minds and explores their nature and role...Their investigation pinpoints the changes that have taken place in a colonized continent...The road to freedom is long. We look forward to visiting subsequent stations along the way. Mary Beard - Times Literary Supplement
A bold new enterprise that will no doubt stand as a milestone in European history. Anne Pons - L'Express
Informed by the work of 75 distinguished historians, this five-volume series sets before us an engaging, panoramic chronicle that extends from antiquity to the present day. Volume One offers fresh insight into more than 20 centuries of Greek and Roman history to illustrate how representations of women evolved during this age. 84 illustrations.
About the Author
Georges Duby, a member of the Académie Française, is Professor of Medieval History at the <>Collège de France.Michelle Perrotis Professor of Contemporary History at the <>Université de Paris VII.Arthur Goldhammerreceived the French-American Translation Prize in 1990 for his translation of A Critical Dictionary of the French Revolution.
Table of Contents
A New Kind of HistoryNatalie Zemon Davis and Joan Wallach Scott
Writing the History of WomenGeorges Duby and Michelle Perrot
Representations of WomenPauline Schmitt Pantel
1. Feminine Models of the Ancient World
1. What is a Goddess?
2. The Sexual Philosophies of Plato and Aristotle
3. The Division of the Sexes in Roman Law
4. Figures of Women
2. Traditional Rituals Women Share
5. Marriage in Ancient Greece
6. Body Politics in Ancient Rome
7. Pandora's Daughters and Rituals in Grecian Cities
Louise Bruit Zaidman
8. The Religious Roles of Roman Women
9. Early Christian Women
3. Yesterday and Today
10. Creating a Myth of Matriarchy
11. Women and Ancient History Today
Pauline Schmitt Pantel
The Woman's Voice