Warrior Women: The Anonymous Tractatus De Mulieribus
This study analyzes the anonymous "Tractatus de Mulieribus," a brief, virtually unknown Greek work, telling of fourteen outstanding women, Greek and barbarian, notable for their intelligence, initiative and courage. The first part of the book is a comprehensive introduction to the treatise and includes - in addition to the original text and an English translation - an examination of both the content and form of "De Mulieribus," particularly as a catalogue of women. The times, methods, and purposes of the anonymous author are also investigated. Commentary-essays on the individual women then follow. A wide variety of sources are utilized in order to sketch the fullest possible portrait of each of these lively women. This book, the very first study of "De Mulieribus," is a useful introduction to a remarkable treatise.
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ADM's Aeschines Amazons ancient anonymous author Arcesilaus Argeia Artemisia Aspasia Assyrian queen Atossa Babylon Babylonian Barca Battiad battle battlefield brief Brosius Carthaginians catalogue of women century BC collection courage Croesus Ctesias Cyrene Cyrenian queen Cyrus Darius daughter death deeds Derceto described Dido Diodorus Egypt Egyptian Elissa eunuchs exempla fact female figure goddess Greek Hellanicus Herodotean Herodotus heroines Hesiod historian History Homer husband Iarbas Immerwahr 1966 included inscription Jacoby Justin killed Lyde Lydian male married Massagetan Medes Menecles mention Mermerus mother Nereids Nicolaus Ninus Nitocris notice Onomaris original perhaps Persian Persian king Persica Pheretime Philostratus Phoenicians Plutarch Polyaenus powerful Rhodogyne Rhodogyne's role rule ruler Sacae Sacian Salamis Sancisi-Weerdenburg scholars Scythian seems Semiramis Sparethra Spartan story Stryangaeus Suda Suda s.v. suicide tale Thargelia throne Timaeus Tomyris warrior queen widow wife woman women of DM writers Xenophilus Xerxes Zarinaea