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Sex and Difference in Ancient Greece and Rome$
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Mark Golden and Peter Toohey

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780748613199

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748613199.001.0001

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Satyrs in the Women's Quarters†

Satyrs in the Women's Quarters†

Chapter:
(p.290) 16 Satyrs in the Women's Quarters
Source:
Sex and Difference in Ancient Greece and Rome
Author(s):

FranÇois Lissarrague

Alison Waters

Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748613199.003.0016

Attic pottery of the fifth century presents a picture of the gynaeceum (women's quarters) as a world where, amongst themselves, women were sometimes visited by Eros and Aphrodite. The space assigned to women is defined by certain objects, limited in number, and is characterised by a proliferation of caskets, chests, boxes or baskets. These are not simply utilitarian objects, they are also figurative indications of a particular way of thinking with regard to women. Beardless satyrs, adolescents or children, are represented on Attic pottery; these representations start to appear from 490 bc and do not really develop until about 450. By then, we begin to see interplay between the various stages of life in the satyr world: babies, children, adults and white-haired old men. What is interesting is both the relationship of mother and child, displaced by the father in the satyr world, and the role of children themselves in this area of playful humour.

Keywords:   Attic pottery, satyrs, gynaeceum, women's quarters, women, children, mother and child

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