CLST311

This course explores the cultural representations and realities of women’s lives in Ancient Greece. The literary and artistic constructions of women in myth, literature, and the visual arts will be compared to the evidence for women’s actual experiences and daily lives from medical texts, legal documents and the archaeological record. Through a critical analysis of all of these sources our aim is to recover the lives of women from different social classes and from various areas of the ancient Greek world and to gain insight into attitudes toward women in a society in which they were politically and economically subordinated. We will also consider the role that Ancient Greece played in modern conceptions and perceptions of women in the western world today.