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Women of Ancient Greece$
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Pierre Brule

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780748616435

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748616435.001.0001

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Which paths will lead us to them?

Which paths will lead us to them?

(p.1) Prologue: Which paths will lead us to them?
Women of Ancient Greece

Pierre Brulé

Antonia Nevill

Edinburgh University Press

There were many in ancient Greece who suffered from two handicaps: being women and slaves, women and foreigners, women and excluded from the social system. This book breathes fresh life into accounts of Greek women that have come down to us through more than two millennia. To this end, it arranges this discovery of the feminine from the starting point of a few ‘lives’. The successive stories of several women, from Penelope to Neaera, from the early eighth to the late fourth century bc, will certainly bear witness to some singular destinies, but by their interweavings will also contribute to the reconstruction of the image of a gender. The book leaves the soldiers' barracks of the Iliad to go and visit the ‘houses’ of Athens, and also its courts of law.

Keywords:   Penelope, ancient Greece, Neaera, women, gender, houses, Athens, courts of law

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