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CC 365:
Women in Antiquity

Prof. Leslie Mechem Ladd 211 x5464
lmechem@skidmore.edu Hours: MW 2:30-3:50


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Web Resources



 

September
5: Sources, methodologies, and historical background 

10: Bronze Age Women and Matriarchy

RESERVE READING:

 

Images

Lefkowitz, Women in Greek Myth, Chap. 1 (pick up in Ladd 211),
Cantarella
, Pandora's Daughters, Chap. 1,
Foley
, Reflections of Women in Antiquity, first article

Imagine that you have found these figurines (click on the Images button) in a sanctuary or tomb in Bronze Age Greece. What do these figures tell us about the role of women in the Minoan and Mycenaean worlds? (Click on the small picture to see a larger version. For more Bronze Age images of women click on the underlined phrase "Bronze Age Women" above.)

17: Praise and Blame in Dark Age and Archaic Greece

READING:

Lefkowitz & Fant, WLGR, Section II: 54-58
Fantham, WCW, Chaps. 1, 2
Snyder, WL, Ad Feminam and Chap. 1

Click on the underlined phrase after the 12th for images of Archaic women

The Golden Age in Classical Athens: For Whom?

19: Views on Women

READING: Lefkowitz & Fant, WLGR, Section I: 7-11, 28-34, Section II: 36-38, 59-67, Section III: 72-74
RESERVE READING: Hallett, "Feminist Theory, Historical Periods, Literary Canons, and the Study of Greco-Roman Antiquity", in Feminist Theory and the Classics
Questions

24: Women's Legal Status

READING: Fantham, WCW, Chap. 3 pgs. 109-118
Lefkowitz & Fant
, WLGR, Section IV: 76-90, 95-97, 99
RESERVE READING:

EITHER Patterson, "Marriage and the Married Woman in Athenian Law" in Pomeroy, Women's History & Ancient History
OR
Sealey, Women and Law in Classical Greece, Chap. 3
OR Just, Women in Athenian Law and Life, Chap. 2 or 3

26: Public Life

READING: Fantham, WCW, Chap. 3 pgs. 68-96
Lefkowitz & Fant
, WLGR, Section VI: 160-161, 163-164, 202, Section X: 383, 391, 397-399, 402-406,
Snyder
, WL, Chap. 2
RESERVE READING: Foley, The Homeric Hymn to Demeter, Part I: Text and Background, Part II pages 103-118

1: Private Life

READING: Fantham, WCW, Chap. 3 pgs. 96-109
Lefkowitz & Fant
, WLGR, Section VII: 216, 226-227, 235-238, 267, Section VIII: 286-288, 303, 317-318, 322-325, 329-332
RESERVE READING: Cameron and Kuhrt, Images of Women in Antiquity, Chapters 6 and 7

 


October

3: Private Life

READING: Fantham, Chap. 6 pgs. 183-196
Lefkowitz & Fant
, WLGR, Section IX: 338-350, 376, 379
RESERVE READING:

Keuls, Reign of the Phallus, Chap. 6, 7, or 9 OR
Dean-Jones, "The Cultural Construct of the Female Body", in Pomeroy, Women's History and Ancient History

8: Hellenistic Women

READING: Fantham, WCW, Chap. 5
Lefkowitz & Fant, WLGR, Section IV: 91-94, 101-104, Section VI: 175, 203-205, Section VII: 217-218, 228-230, 249, Section VIII: 304-306, 327, Section IX: 363, Section X: 384-387, 394-396, 400, 407, 414-416
Snyder, WL, Chaps. 3, 4 to pg. 113
  Paper Topic Due
10: Etruscan Women
READING: Fantham, WCW, Chap. 8
Lefkowitz & Fant, WLGR, Section VI: 165-166
RESERVE READING: Cantarella, Pandora's Daughters, Chap. 8
REPORTS:

Bonfante, "Etruscan Couples and their Aristocratic Society", in Foley, Reflections of Women in Antiquity, Marysselis
Bonfante, "Etruscan Sexuality and Funerary Art", in Kampen, Sexuality in Ancient Art, Zehra

15-17: Early Rome and the Republic I
READING: Fantham, WCW, Chap 7
Lefkowitz & Fant, WLGR, Section V: 107-110, Section VI: 165-166,173,181,187, Section VII: 208, 233, 250, Section X: 388, 408
RESERVE READING: Beard, "Re-reading (Vestal) virginity," in Hawley, Women in Antiquity: new assesments.
24: Early Rome and the Republic II
READING: Fantham, WCW, Chap 9
Lefkowitz & Fant, WLGR, Section II: 39, 51-53, Section V:111, 120, Section VII: 259-260

The Liberated Roman Woman?

29: Views on Women
READING:

Fantham, WCW, Chap. 10
Lefkowitz & Fant, WLGR, Section I: 24-27, Section II: 40-45, 68-71, Section III: 75

Catullus Handout

31: Views on Women
READING: Snyder, WL, Chap. 5 to page 136
Hallet, " Women as Same and Other in Classical Roman Elite", Handout
 
November
5-7: Legal Status
READING: Fantham, WCW, Chap. 11
Lefkowitz & Fant, WLGR,
Section V: 112-119, 121-154, 156-158
REPORTS:

Gardner, Women in Roman Law and Society, Marriage, Sanna
Gardner, Women in Roman Law and Society, Sexual Offences, Caroline
Treggiari, Roman Marriage, "Domus" parts 1 & 2, Kat
Treggiari, Roman Marriage, "Domus" part 3, Kristina

12: Public Life
READING: Lefkowitz & Fant, WLGR, Section VI: 167-172, 174-180, 182-186, 188-190, 191-193, 195-200, Section VII: 264-266
REPORTS:

Bauman, Women and Politics in Ancient Rome, Chap. 9 , Hannah
Savunen,"Women and Elections in Pompeii," in Hawley, Women in Antiquity, Emily

14: Private Life: Home and Occupations

READING: Fantham, WCW, Chap. 12
Lefkowitz & Fant, WLGR, Section VII: 209-212, 214-215, 219-222, 231, 239-248, 251-253, 255-258, 261-264, 268-272, 276-282, Section VIII: 283-285, 289-290, 292-302, 307-316, 319-321, 326, 328, 333-337
REPORTS:

Gardner, Women in Roman Law and Society, Women at Work, Laura
Wallace-Hadrill, "Engendering the Roman House," in I, Claudia, Katie

19: Private Life: Medicine and Religion

READING: Fantham, WCW, Chap. 6, pgs.196-204
Lefkowitz & Fant, WLGR, Section IX: 351-374, 377-378, 380-382, Section X: 389-390, 392, 409-413, 417-437, 440

 

20: Rough Draft Due

26: Women in late antiquity

READING: Fantham, WCW, Chap. 13
Lefkowitz & Fant, WLGR, Section V: 155, 159, Section VI: 201, Section VII: 232, Section VIII: 291, Section X: 438-439, 441-452
Snyder, WL, Chap. 4 pgs. 113-121, Chap. 5 pgs. 136-end
28: Summation

3: Oral Presentations

Hannah Women as Wool-workers
Zehra Greek Funerary Customs
Katie Woman as Other
5: Oral Presentations

Kat Female Homoeroticism
Caroline Rape
December
10: Oral Presentations

Emily Prostitution
Sanna Vestal Virgins
Laura Vestal Virgins
12: Oral Presentations

Kristina Women and Gnosticism
Marysselis Aristocratic Athenian Women