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Women in Antiquity

CLA 6-264-2001


Epinetron: Louvre MNC 624

Daily Schedule:

Introduction: Evidence for Women's History, Methodology

Feb. 5 Introductions, Types of Evidence & Methodology

  • Fantham et al. pgs. 5-12
  • Berkin, "Dangerous Courtesies" (xerox packet)

ARCHAIC PERIOD:

Feb. 6 Methodology Cont.; Ancient Mother Goddesses

  • Richlin, "The Ethnographer's Dilemma" (Xerox packet)
  • Lerner, "The Goddesses" (Xerox packet)
  • Selections from Hesiod's Theogony (Xerox packet)
  • Questions to Ponder

Feb. 7 The Creation of Women, Marriage, & Role of Wives

  • Fantham et al. pgs. 22-49
  • Lerner, "The Stand-in Wife & Pawn" & "The Wife & the Concubine" (Xerox packet)
  • The Creation of Women (L&F # 57)
  • How to Pick a Wife (L&F # 55)
  • Questions to Ponder

Feb. 8 A Woman's Voice: Sappho

A.M. Panel Presentation: Andy, Laura M., Sara W., & Stephanie

  • Snyder Chapter 1
  • Fantham et al. pgs. 12-22
    • Recommended Readings (on reserve):
    • De Jean, Introduction to Fictions of Sappho
    • Hallett "Sappho and Her Social Context: Sense and Sensuality"
    • Parker, "Sappho Schoolmistress"
    • Winkler, "Double Consciousness in Sappho's Lyrics"

Feb. 9 The Exchange of Women: Concubines & Slaves

  • Research Topic Due
  • Fantham et al. pgs 50-53
  • Lerner: "The Woman Slave" (Xerox packet)
  • Iliad 1.1-336, 3.120-180, 3.245-461, 6.365-465 (Xerox packet)
  • Questions

CLASSICAL GREECE:

Feb. 12 Athens: Women in the Oikos

  • Research Bibliography Due
  • Fantham et al. pgs. 67-83, 98-106, 109-115, 118-124
  • Lefkowitz & Fant plates 2, 3, 9 &10
  • How to Train a Wife (L&F #267)
  • Legal Status (L&F #80-87, 236)
  • Good Wives: (L&F #29, 36-38, 237)
  • Bad Girls: (L&F #59-67, 88-89, 238)
  • Women's Response? (L&F #34)
  • Women and Women (L&F #226-227)
  • More Questions

Feb 13 Athens:Women in the Polis

A.M. Panel Presentation: Anne, Fresca, Sara M., Tariq, & Tiffany

  • Fantham et al. pgs.106-109, 115-118
  • Cole, "Could Greek Women Read and Write?" (Xerox packet)
  • Johnstone, "Cracking the Code of Silence: Athenian Legal Oratory and the Histories of Slaves and Women" (Xerox packet)
  • Stehle and Day, "Women Looking At Women: Women's Ritual and Temple Structure" (Xerox packet)
  • Morris, "Remaining Invisible: The Archaeology of the Excluded in Classical Athens" (excerpt in Xerox packet)
  • Working Women:
    • Prostitution (L&F #90, 225, 235, 286-288) Theodote
    • Other Occupations (L&F #303, 317-18, 323-24, 329-332, 376, 379)
  • Plato's Female Pupils (L&F #216)
    • Recommended Readings (on reserve):
    • Dyfri, "Women on Athenian Vases: Problems of Interpretation"
    • Halperin, "The Democratic Body"
    • Keuls, "The Athenian Prostitute: A Good Buy in the Agora"
    • Keuls, " The Shore with the Golden Heart, the Happy Hooker, and other Fictions"
    • Kurke, "Inventing the Hetaira: Sex, Politics, and Discursive Conflict in Archaic Greece"

Feb. 14 Women's Roles in Civic and Private Religion; Classical Women Poets

A.M. Panel Presentation: Abby, Alison, Anna, Elizabeth, & Sarah S.

  • Fantham et al. pgs.83-97
  • Snyder chapter 2
  • Telesilla (L&F # 160)
  • Religion (L&F #77, 391, 398, 402- 406)
    • Recommended Readings (on reserve):
    • Clark, "The Gamos of Hera: Myth and Ritual"
    • Nixon, "The Cults of Demeter and Kore"
    • Stears, "Death Becomes Her: Gender and Athenian Death Ritual"
    • Winkler, "Laughter of the Oppressed: Demeter and the Gardens of Adonis"
    • Zeitlin, "Cultic Models of the Female: Rites of Dionysus and Demeter"

Feb. 15 Spartan Women

11:10 HAIG Lecture in Hedges:
"The Death of the Author(ess): Problems of Perception in Euripides' Hippolytus"

  • Fantham et al. pgs. 56-66
  • Lefkowitz & Fant #99 & 401

HELLENISTIC PERIOD

Feb. 16 Hellenistic Culture, Women Poets & Philosophers

  • Fantham et al. pgs.140-180
  • Snyder Chapter 3
  • Hipparchia (L&F #217-218)
  • More Questions

Feb. 19 Women's Bodies: Ancient Medical Theories

  • Historical Profile Due
  • Fantham et al. "Excursus on Anatomy" (pgs. 183-203)
  • King, "Producing Woman: Hippocratic Gynaecology" (Xerox packet)
  • Gynecology & Reproductive Issues (L&F #232, 252-253, 338-368)
  • Questions to Ponder

ROMAN WOMEN

Feb. 20 Early Legends; Republican Women

  • Fantham et al. (pgs. 211-241 & 260-277)
  • Cloelia, Lucretia, Sabine Women (L&F # 165, 166, 233)
  • Marriage & Social Status ( L&F # 39, 107-111, 208, 213)
  • Aristocratic Women (L&F # 51-3, 71, 167, 168, 173, 174, 176, 178, 223, 259-60)
  • Freedwomen & non-elite women (L&F # 40, 250
  • Vestal Virgins (L&F # 408-413)

Feb. 21 Women, Family and Sexuality in the Late Republic & Early Empire

A.M. Panel: Bryanne, Karen, Lori, Soraya, & Sovady

  • Fantham et al. (pgs. 280-292, 294-306, 314-327)
  • Marriage, Family, Divorce, & Social Status (L&F # 41, 43-45, 48-50, 69, 112-122, 128-141, 191, 211, 242, 249, 253, 258)
  • Adultery & Sexual Crimes ( L&F # 123-127, 142-47, 240, 265)
    • Recommended Readings:
    • Cohen, "The Augustan Law on Adultery: The Social and Cultural Context"
    • Flemming, "Quae Corpore Quaestum Facit: The Sexual Economy of Female Prostitution in the Roman Empire"
    • Hallett, "Female Homoeroticism and the Denial of Roman Reality in Latin Literature"
    • Myerowitz, "The Domestication of Desire: Ovid's Parva Tabella and the Theater of Love"
    • Treggiari, "Ideals and Practicalities in Matchmaking in Ancient Rome"

Feb. 22 Elite Women: Roman Women Writers, Cleopatra, Imperial Women

A.M. Panel: Jenn, Keri, Kim, Laura K., & Mary

  • Fantham et al. (pgs. 136-139, 307-313)
  • Snyder, Chapter 5
  • Sulpicia the Satirist (L&F #224)
  • Cleopatra: (L&F # 407)
  • Aristocratic Women (L&F 68, 71, 75, 168, 170-174, 176, 192-201, 209, 214, 219, 243-248, 263, 345-368)
  • Imperial Women (L&F # 180, 210, 220, 266)
  • Curses & Potions (L&F # 415-420)
    • Recommended Readings:
    • Hallett" Woman as Same and Other in Classical Roman Elite"
    • Hillard, "On the Stage, Behind the Curtain: Images of Politically Active Women in the Late Roman Republic"
    • Joshel, "Female Desire and the Discourse of Empire: Tacitus's Messalina"
    • Plutarch, "The Live of Antony"
    • Richlin, Julia's Jokes, Galla Placidia, and the Roman Use of Women as Political Icons"
    • Wyke, "Augustan Cleopatras"

Feb.23 Lab Day - Essay Due

Feb. 26 Working Women, Freedwomen & Slaves

  • Fantham et al. (pgs. 368-391)
  • Slaves & Prostitutes (L&F # 119, 155, 169, 181)
  • Midwives & Medical Practitioners (L&F # 369-375, 377-78, 380-382)
  • Freedwomen (L&F # 47, 212, 239, 251. 254)
  • Final Questions to Ponder

Presentations

Feb. 27 Presentations

Feb. 28 Presentations

 

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