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Questions for Feb 7th

  • What does Lerner mean by the "stand-in-wife" and "the pawn"?

  • How did marriage function in Mesopotamian society? What is meant by the "exchange of women" or the "traffic in women"?

  • How were adultery and rape defined? What were the penalties for committing these crimes? Who did these laws protect?

  • Are there parallels between Mesopotamian and archaic Greek societies? How might Lerner categorize Penelope?

  • What can we learn about archaic Greek gender constructions from the myths they tell about the origins of women?

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