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About the Author: Sarah B. Pomeroy

Sarah B Pomeroy born 13 March 1938 is an American ancient historian, author, translator, and former professor of classics She is best known for her work on women s history in classical antiquity.

10 thoughts on “Goddesses, Whores, Wives and Slaves: Women in Classical Antiquity

  1. says:

    4 StarsMy last couple of forays into non fiction historical writing have been kind of disappointing three star affairs This book, however whether it s the academic tone or simply the subject matter I really enjoyed First published in the 70 s it probably contains some disputed or out of date ideas and evidence by now, but it was one of if not the first academic texts to thoroughly examine women s roles in Ancient Greece and Rome So, as a woman who is interested in Ancient Greek and Rome, and who gets irritated with 50% of the worlds population being treated as unimportant and sometimes even completely ignored by history textbooks , I had to read.And it s a very interesting read Perhaps a little dry in places but I preferred that to an overly informal tone and I have read plenty much, much, drier so I think this book probably got the balance about right for me It s well footnoted always a plus, even if I don t read every citation I like to know they are they in case I ever do want to check out the original source but, most of all, the subject matter is really interesting The book examines female roles from Ancient Greece predominantly Athens as that s where most of the literature and archaeological evidence comes from, but also Sparta and other city states which were generally lot favourable towards women s rights than the birthplace of democracy was From the passive roles in Classical Greece it then moves through the Hellenistic period towards ancient Rome, where women, although second class citizens, were considerably free and even gasp allowed out of the house It s political correctness gone mad, I tell you As someone who is interested with Ancient Greek literature and legends than the ins and outs of city state politics and who is less interested in Rome than Greece , I found the early chapters discussing the iconography and roles of Greek Goddesses, the portrayal of women in Homer, and the way women were depicted in Classical tragedy and comedy, interesting and accessible than some of the chapters based on the historical facts But that s a personal preference, and I do think Pomeroy gives enough context in this book that you don t have to be an expert on the politics of ancient Athens or Rome to understand it.Although the blurb asks many questions, Pomeroy avoids giving too many answers in the book The evidence, both literary and archaeological, is sparse and fragmentary for anything to do with how the less privileged classes of Greeks and Romans lived The literary evidence is almost entirely written by educated men and most histories of the period and analysis of the archaeological evidence has been done by men too So often, rather than give a definitive answer, Pomeroy will promote a number of theories that both she and others have come up with The only one of these I really couldn t stand was when she mentions the Freudian Psychoanalytical approach to examine why male Greek playwrights wrote abut women in the way they did I guess it was the 70s, but many Freudian ideas are now no longer regarded as sound in actual psychology so they need to start getting the fuck out of disciplines like History already While there s nothing, in theory, wrong with psychoanalysis and examining how a person s childhood shapes the person they become, straight up Freudian psychoanalysis is full of all sorts of misogyny and bollocks and just needs to die Also it s an approach that really works a lot better when you actually know something about the person s childhood and can use that to interpret how it informed their writing If all you have is the writing, then you re just making shit up to fit your own theory and that s just bad history.Over all, though, a very interesting and informative book A lot of the Greek stuff I was at least passingly familiar with from A level Classics and First Year Ancient History modules, but there were several ways of looking and interpreting things such as the case for female primogeniture in Homer and the Troy myth that somehow I d missed myself and had never been mentioned by my teachers, so that was really interesting for me in a really geeky way Also I know shamefully little about Roman history beyond the bits everyone knows gladiators The occupation of Britain Baths Pompey and Ripping off the Greek Gods, changing their names and stealing their myths so the chapters on Roman society were really informative for me as well And I am glad though not at all surprised to see that Roman women weren t treated quite so badly as the poor old Athenians were Seriously, Athens was a shit place to live if you were a girl.From the look of , most of Pomeroy s works now seem to be out of print or really expensive, which is a shame But if I ever spot one going cheap in a second hand bookshop I will probably pick it up I thought this was a very well written book that got the balance right between not patronising those familiar with the time frame and not alienating those who weren t Also, if anyone here is taking GCSE or AS A level Classic Civs, I would really recommend reading the chapters on Homer and the Greek tragedies I kind of wish I had The introduction here contains the ridiculous examples of ancient history books where the word women was not included in the indexes, and a book on Ancient Greece that stated the only two unenfranchised classes were resident aliens and slaves , conveniently forgetting that no women of any social class in Greece were enfranchised either But I m sure the writers weren t actually misogynists they just momentarily forgot that women existed, that s all And then so did their proof readers, editors, and publishers And that s almost worse.

  2. says:

    Wide ranging, interesting and provocative, this was marred by lackluster prose, projection of modern viewpoints, and long quotations out of place in such a slender work.

  3. says:

    I finally had the chance of reading and finishing this book and I loved it This book is amazing and I love how detailed and accurate it is The author is an academic so all of her work is based on historical sources which, for me, as history student, is ideal I have a big problem with most books about the Sacred Feminine or about Women in History because there s a big tendency to just say things and not back it up with historical references Some authors tend to say Women did this or Goddesses were portrayed like this but show no source to these affirmations and I really don t like that since I have no way of understanding where it came from This book is not like that, the author writes in a very clear but detailed way and provides all the sources necessary for the reader to understand and check the information she s giving us I had a different image of how life for women was in Ancient Greece and it was an eye opener to read this book, specially to understand that women were treated differently depending on what part of the Ancient Greece they were with a huge contrast between Athens and Sparta I prefer Sparta Also when it comes to Rome, I love how she explained everything and traced several parallels to Egypt and to previous Hellenistic period to show a comparison of how things were Also enjoyed a small chapter on the cult of Isis which had a huge impact on the history of Women in Classical Antiquity.I got this book from the Library at my University but I m going to purchase a copy for myself since this book is amazing, indeed.

  4. says:

    Short, but pretty densely packed with information, and yet still pleasant to read I m sure armchair historians will quibble with the work, but let em where s their book I found the book to be well researched, well sourced, and well reasoned There were some leaps and assumptions, but that goes with the territory I would have liked another 100 200 pages of this book, but I enjoyed what was there.

  5. says:

    I m not convinced by all the arguments raised in this, but as a groundbreaking book it is exceptional.This is a thorough look at a subject that has only recently been a part of Classical Studies, and often discusses the lack of evidence as well as the evidence itself.

  6. says:

    An informative book, but Pomeroy s feminism shines through so much that I have no faith in her objectivity Combined with the age of this book, I d advise everyone to look at Pomeroy s assertions with a highly critical eye.

  7. says:

    I found that I couldn t focus well on this book It isn t very academic because it treats a lot of assumptions about the classical world as fact This is a common problem with the question of women in the ancient world as remaining literature generally portrays women in epic roles which are quite a bit different from the material evidence that is now used to understand the lives of everyday women It is disappointing For a accurate and thoughtful critical review of women s role in classic literature, I would recommend Tragic Ways of Killing a Woman.If material history is your cup of tea, then i would recommend recent archaeology studies and peer reviewed essays.

  8. says:

    One of my absolute favorite books from college Note that the list of types in the title is also a ranking In many ways it was better to be a whore in Classical Greece than a wife, especially in the upper classes Exhaustively researched using primary sources such as laws, legal documents, letters, plays, etc from the period Surprisingly engaging and easy to read.

  9. says:

    Pomeroy looks at the roles of women in the classical world of the Greeks, Romans and Egyptians Interesting to see how some attitudes rarely change, even after thousands of years Well written and researched, worth reading whether you re a feminist or not

  10. says:

    Published during the seventies, this is one of the first if not the first books in English to discuss the roles of women in classical antiquity from a scholarly feminist perspective It is written on an introductory level suitable for undergraduates and studious high schoolers.

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