Encyclopedia of Women in the Ancient World

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ABC-CLIO, 2001 - History - 385 pages

When did women first become rulers, athletes, soldiers, heroines, and villains? They always were, observes historian Judith Salisbury. From Mesopotamian priestesses and poets to Egyptian queens and consorts, "there was never a time when women did not participate in all aspects of society."

Salisbury tells the stories of 150 women from the ancient world, ranging from the very famous, such as Cleopatra VII, immortalized by Hollywood, to the barely remembered, such as the Roman poet Nossis. Writing for a general audience, Salisbury begins by painting each woman into her historical context, then recounts each woman's story, describing the choices she made as she looked for happiness, wealth, power, or well-being for herself and her family--stories much like our own. In entries on general themes--clothing, cosmetics, work, sexuality, prostitution, gynecology--Salisbury analyzes the commonalties in the lives of these women of antiquity from a cross-cultural perspective.

 

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Contents

A
1
Agnes
2
Agrippina the Elder
3
Alexandra Salome
6
Amazons
7
Anna
9
Anyte of Tegea
10
Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles
12
Livia
194
Lucretia
196
Lydia
197
M
199
Macha Mong Ruadh
200
Macrina the Younger
201
Maenads
202
Marcella
203

Aristodama of Smyrna
15
ArsinoŽ III
18
Artemisia
20
Artists Hellenistic
21
Aspasia
23
Athena
24
B
27
Julia Berenice
28
Berenice I
30
Berenice II
31
Blaesilla
32
Blandina
33
Boudicca
34
C
39
Cartimandua
41
«atal HŁyŁk
42
Ceres
44
Cleopatra I The Syrian
48
Cleopatra II
49
Cleopatra III
50
Cleopatra V Selene
51
Cleopatra VII
52
Cleopatra Selene Apene
54
Cleopatra Thea
55
Clodia
57
Cloelia
58
Clothing
60
Clytemnestra
66
Constantina
67
Contraception
68
Corinna of Tanagra
69
Cornelia Roman Matron
70
Cornelia Wife of Roman Dictator
71
Cosmetics
72
Cybele
74
D
77
Daphne
78
Delilah
80
Delphic Oracle
82
Demeter
83
Diana
84
Dido
85
Dinah
86
Diotima of Mantinea
87
Dynamis
89
E
91
Egyptian Women
92
Electra
98
Elen Luyddog
99
Elizabeth
100
Enheduanna
101
Erinna of Telos
103
Etruscan Women
106
Eudocia
108
Eudoxia
110
Eulalia of Merida
111
Euphrosyne Castissima
112
Europa
114
Eurydice
116
Eustochium
118
Eve
119
F
123
Felicity
125
Flaccilla
126
Fulvia
128
G
131
Galla Placidia
132
Germanic Tribal Women
134
Glaphyra
137
Greek Heroine Cults
138
Greek Athenian Women
139
Gynecology
142
H
147
Hatshepsut
148
Helen of Troy in Greek Mythology
151
Helena
153
Hera
155
Herodias
156
Hestia
157
Hipparchia
158
Honoria
160
Hortensia
161
Hypatia
162
I
165
Isis
166
J
171
Jewish Women
175
Jezebel
177
Judith
178
Julia
180
Julia Domna
182
Julia Maesa
183
Julia Mamaea
185
Junia
186
Juno
187
Justina
188
L
191
Leah
192
Marcia
205
Maria
207
Mariamne
208
Martha Christian Woman
210
Martha Persian Martyr
211
Martyrs
212
Mary
215
Mary Magdalene
216
Mary of Egypt
218
Medb
219
Medea
221
Medusa
223
Melania the Younger
225
MerytNeith
226
Messalina
227
Minerva
229
Miriam
231
Monica
233
Motherhood Roman
234
Muses
238
Mythology
239
N
245
Nefertiti
246
Niobe
248
Nossis of Locri
250
Nymphs
251
O
253
Olympias Christian Deaconeass
254
Olympias Macedonian Queen
256
Olympic Games
257
P
261
PasiphaŽ
263
Paulina
265
Pelagia
266
Penelope
268
Persian Women
270
Phila
274
Philomela
275
Philosophers Greek
276
Plancia Magna
279
Plotina
281
Pompeia
283
Poppaea Sabina
284
Porcia
285
Prisca
287
Prostitution
289
Prostitution Sacred
292
Pudentilla
293
Pulcheria
295
R
299
Rahab
300
Rebekah
301
Rhea Silvia
302
Rizpah
303
Roman Women
304
Ruth
309
S
311
Sabine Women
312
Salome I
314
Salome II
315
Sappho of Lesbos
316
Sarah also Sarai
317
Servilia
319
Sexuality
321
Sibyls
324
Sirens
325
Sobeknofru
327
Sosipatra
329
Spartan Women
330
Stone Age Art
332
Stratonice I
334
Sulpicia
335
Susanna
337
T
341
Tarbo
342
Terentia
343
Teuta
345
Thais
346
Theano
347
Thecla
348
Thekla
350
Tiy
351
Tullia
353
Turia
354
Twosret
355
V
357
Venus
358
Verginia
359
Vestal Virgins
360
Veturia
362
W
365
X
369
Z
371
Zipporah
372
INDEX
375
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
385
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Joyce Salisbury is Frankenthal professor of history at the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay, WI.

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