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Author: Bella Vivante
ISBN: 0275982491
Subcategory: Humanities
Pages 264 pages
Publisher Praeger; annotated edition edition (November 30, 2006)
Language English
Category: Other
Rating: 4.9
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eBook Daughters of Gaia: Women in the Ancient Mediterranean World (Praeger Series on the Ancient World) download

by Bella Vivante


While the experiences of women in ancient cultures were certainly very different from those of most women today, a tendency to focus too much on negative or restrictive images has until now provided readers with a rather incomplete picture.

Bella Vivante offers a fascinating tour of women's lives in the ancient world. To the layperson and the academic alike, this work is a truly enjoyable read, a much-needed women's historiography.

Daughters of Gaia book. Praeger Series on the Ancient World (8 books). Books by Bella Vivante. While the experiences of women in ancient cultures were From their personal lives at home to their roles in the realms of religion, health, economics, governance, war, philosophy, and poetry, this is the story of ancient women in all their aspects.

ISBN13:9780806139920.

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.

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. 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.

Because the ancient world extends over so vast a time span, the book takes a historical approach.

Sport in ancient times. Because the ancient world extends over so vast a time span, the book takes a historical approach. This overview brings out the cultural complexities in ancient times of so basic an activity as sport.

From their personal lives at home to their roles in the realms of religion, health, economics, governance, war, philosophy, and poetry, this is the story of ancient women in all their aspects. Vivante explores women's lives in four ancient civilizations of the Mediterranean: Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, and Rome. While the experiences of women in ancient cultures were certainly very different from those of most women today, a tendency to focus too much on negative or restrictive images has until now provided readers with a rather incomplete picture. Looking at this important era from a female-oriented perspective, Vivante widens the perceptual lens and makes it possible to highlight the fundamental empowered aspects of women's activities in order to present them in balance with the various limits imposed on their societal participation.

Beginning with powerful images of goddesses and women's roles in the religious sphere, Vivante details the foundation for women's activities in all other social realms. While these four Mediterranean civilizations were distinctive, they also influenced each other through various forms of contact―trade, colonization, and war. Both the similarities and the differences permit richer comparisons and promote a deeper understanding of the lives of women in each.

Grillador
Interesting book. Taught me a few things I did not know.
Uscavel
The study of women in antiquity has already seen a great deal of important scholarship. In this book, the author undertakes a sweeping synthesis in a very small compass. She examines women's lives in ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, and Rome in a time span ranging from the Neolithic to the fifth century AD. The book is organized by topic: goddesses, women's religious rituals, daily life, health and medicine, the economic bases of women's lives, women rulers, women warriors, women philosophers, and women poets. The book's central theme is to `accentuate the features that empowered women'. The treatment is necessarily compressed and a feeling of breathless hurry is unavoidable. Still Vivante manages to convey a great deal of information with clarity.

For me, the most interesting chapter is Health and Medicine. Here Vivante draws heavily on the fascinating "Gynecology" of Soranus of Ephesus (who objected to the prevailing theory that the womb wanders like a restless animal). Also enlightening is her discussion of woman philosophers ranging from Pythagoras' wife to the `pagan martyr' Hypatia, an Alexandrian mathematician who was lynched by a Christian mob. For those wishing to go deeper into the subject, there is a useful bibliography.
Bearus
Bella Vivante offers a fascinating tour of women's lives in the ancient world. From daily work to warfare and literary authorship, each chapter shares unique insights on ancient women from Mesopotamia, Egypt, Israel/Canaan, Greece, and Rome. To compile so much information from various sources would take years; this work is comprehensive and detailed enough to enrich and supplement research into daily life for ancient women. To the layperson and the academic alike, this work is a truly enjoyable read, a much-needed women's historiography.