Classical Studies 311 examines the cultural representations and “real lives” of women in ancient Greece in the archaic (c. 800-500 BCE) and classical (c. 500-330 BCE) ages. The images projected in myth, literature and the visual arts are compared with the “realities” of women’s lives insofar as these can be reconstructed from historical, legal and archaeological records.
Two important purposes of the study of women in antiquity are to recover Greek women’s history which, until recently, has been missing from general histories of ancient Greece, and to gain insight into the cultural dynamics of a society that subordinated women.
Prerequisites: Second-year standing or above.