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Women in the Ancient World By Jenifer Neils,

  • Title: Women in the Ancient World
  • Author: Jenifer Neils
  • ISBN: 9781606060919
  • Page: 423
  • Format: Paperback
  • This book takes a fresh look at visual representations of women in the ancient Near East, Egypt, Greece, and Rome, and analyzes them for indications of women s roles in these societies After examining their traditional functions as wives and mothers, the author presents evidence of women s participation in the public and religious spheres Juxtapositions comparing imagesThis book takes a fresh look at visual representations of women in the ancient Near East, Egypt, Greece, and Rome, and analyzes them for indications of women s roles in these societies After examining their traditional functions as wives and mothers, the author presents evidence of women s participation in the public and religious spheres Juxtapositions comparing images and attitudes of each society reveal whether the women portrayed are meant to be examples of perfect femininity or the object of scorn, faithful wives or untouchable priestesses or high living prostitutes Depictions of goddesses and the dress and adornments of women are analyzed for what they divulge about ideals of feminine beauty and attitudes toward female nudity The text is packed with quotations from contemporary sources that reveal details about women in the ancient world, often with surprising resonance for our own time The illustrations, many specially commissioned, include public art and domestic artifacts sculptures, wall and mummy case paintings, engravings, silver objects, and jewelry.
    Women in the Ancient World This book takes a fresh look at visual representations of women in the ancient Near East Egypt Greece and Rome and analyzes them for indications of women s roles in these societies After examining

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    1. This is a good overview book, as it touches on many different ways in which women are depicted in ancient visual works however, i d definitely stress it as an overview Neils doesn t go into depth with anything that gets touched on, so if you want discussion of specifics, this is probably not your book This was actually a little frustrating to me at some points, especially when she brings up the issue of women being depicted at fountain houses on hydriai She does bring up some of the varying idea [...]

    2. I know this makes me sound nerdy, but I really enjoyed this book It was nothing short of an exquiste eye opening journey detailing in exactly society is the way it is, and that no, it s not a coincedence that a lot of men act like mysoginistic pigs it s inherited through time By far the best book that I read for my research project so far though occasionally hinting at inapropros content, but hey, that s horrible history Thanks to Jenifer Neils, I am now armed with newfound knowledge to rant abo [...]

    3. Absolutely fascinating, and a very quick read Don t agree on her assessment of everything in here e.g unwise to take those almost mythical reports of Cleopatra s suicide by poisoning herself with asps at face value but as a gentle introduction, this book provides some fantastically eye opening material for thinking about how differently and similarly women existed in ancient historical cultures by comparison to our own.

    4. As an introduction and for the general public this is a good book to read It also has good photos and descriptions, and is thus good for iconographic references, though the author does not use figures so referencing the book as not as simple, though this is a minor detail It also has a brief glossary, listing of deities and while there is no in text citation, there is a section with listings for further readings which is useful.

    5. Great read The text is really approachable, yet still has a scholarly tone There are both well known and obscure works of art featured in this book The quality of the reproductions is fantastic

    6. Excellent analysis of the roles of women in the ancient as interpreted through ancient artifacts with stunning photographs of these artifacts.

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