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CC 365:
Women in Antiquity

Prof. Leslie Mechem Ladd 211 x5464
lmechem@skidmore.edu Office Hours: TUTH 11-12


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January
20: Sources, methodologies, and historical background 

22: Bronze Age Women and Matriarchy

RESERVE READING:

 

Images

Lefkowitz, Women in Greek Myth, Chap. 1,
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.)

27: Praise and Blame in Dark Age and Archaic Greece

READING:

Lefkowitz & Fant, WLGR, Section II: 54-58
Fantham, WCW, Chaps. 1, 2

Click on the underlined phrase for images of Archaic women

29: Praise and Blame in Dark Age and Archaic Greece

RESERVE READING: Hallett, "Feminist Theory, Historical Periods, Literary Canons, and the Study of Greco-Roman Antiquity", in Rabinowitz, Feminist Theory and the Classics
Questions
READING:

Snyder, WL, Ad Feminam and Chap. 1, handout
A New Sappho Poem

Click on the underlined phrase for images of Archaic women

The Golden Age in Classical Athens: For Whom?

3: Views on Women

READING: Lefkowitz & Fant, WLGR, Section I: 7-11, 28-34, Section II: 36-38, 59-67, Section III: 72-74

5: 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

10: 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,


February

12: Public Life: The Rites of Demeter

Handouts:

Detienne, The Violence of Well-born Ladies: Women in the Thesmophoria
Nixon, The Cults of Demeter and Kore

RESERVE READING: Foley, The Homeric Hymn to Demeter, Part I: Text and Background, Part II pages 103-118

17: 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

19: Private Life
READING: Fantham, Chap. 6 pgs. 183-196
Lefkowitz & Fant
, WLGR, Section IX: 338-350, 376, 379
RESERVE READING:
Choose 2

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

24: 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
  Paper Topic Due
26: 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, Julia
Bonfante, "Etruscan Sexuality and Funerary Art", in Kampen, Sexuality in Ancient Art, Courtney

 
3-5: 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 assessments.
17: 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?
19: 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

March
26: Views on Women
READING: Snyder, "Women Writers in Rome", handout
Hallet, " Women as Same and Other in Classical Roman Elite", Handout
31: 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, Alex
Treggiari, Roman Marriage, "Domus" parts 1 & 2, Laura
Treggiari, Roman Marriage, "Domus" part 3, Erica

Thesis and Working Bibliography due (typed and handed in)
2: Legal Status
READING: Fantham, WCW, Chap. 11
Lefkowitz & Fant, WLGR,
Section V: 112-119, 121-154, 156-158
REPORTS:

Treggiari, Roman Marriage, "Domus" part 3, Erica
Gardner, Women in Roman Law and Society, Sexual Offences, Bekah

7: 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, Jim
Savunen,"Women and Elections in Pompeii," in Hawley, Women in Antiquity, Beth

9: 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, Simone
Wallace-Hadrill, "Engendering the Roman House," in I, Claudia, Phil

14: 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

16: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
April
21: Oral Presentations

Alex
Phil
Julia
Rough Draft Due (except for those presenting today)

23: Oral Presentations

Courtney
Simone
Jim

Rough Draft Due

28: Oral Presentations

Beth  
Laura  
Bekah