Citizen Bacchae: Women's Ritual Practice in Ancient Greece by Barbara Goff

By Barbara Goff

What actions did the ladies of old Greece practice within the sphere of formality, and what have been the meanings of such actions for them and their tradition? through providing solutions to those questions, this examine goals to get well and reconstruct a huge measurement of the lived event of historical Greek ladies. A entire and complicated research of the ritual roles of ladies in historic Greece, it attracts on a variety of facts from around the Greek global, together with literary and historic texts, inscriptions, and vase-paintings, to gather a portrait of girls as spiritual and cultural brokers, regardless of the beliefs of seclusion in the domestic and exclusion from public arenas that we all know constrained their lives.As she builds an image of the level and variety of women's ritual task, Barbara Goff indicates that they have been entrusted with probably the most very important approaches during which the group assured its welfare. She examines the ways that women's ritual job addressed problems with sexuality and civic participation, displaying that ritual might supply girls certainly substitute roles and identities even whereas it labored to supply other halves and moms who functioned good during this male-dominated society. relocating to extra speculative research, she discusses the potential of a women's lifestyle eager about ritual and investigates the importance of formality in women's poetry and vase-paintings that depict ladies. She additionally incorporates a big exploration of the illustration of ladies as ritual brokers in fifth-century Athenian drama.

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Nonetheless, I would suggest that such studies can have relevance for the investigation of women’s ritual, because there are formal similarities between the two projects. It is, by contrast, “high” culture that has traditionally attracted the attention of the discipline of classics, which has typically focused on such genres as literature, philosophy, and sculpture. The study of ancient ritual forms, especially perhaps women’s ritual forms, often requires instead an investigation of less prestigious types of evidence.

Neither disgusting nor dangerous. 39 mentions a woman sitting in the temple of Eileithyia, and Rouse (1975: 252) takes this to be some kind of puriWcation ceremony after childbirth, but in context it seems more likely that the mother has chosen this place as a respectable, eminently feminine location in which to make her accusations against her son. 14 Its primary purpose is not to join the resources of two households so much as to produce heirs for the husband’s line. For this purpose an alien woman, from another family, must be physically brought into the house and prevailed upon to identify her interests with those of her new household.

These include both formal, state-sponsored gatherings like the Thesmophoria and informal actions like visiting a temple. The “ritual sphere” is constituted by the spaces, times, and actions that these various practices occupy and deploy, and it subtends an entire dimension of women’s lived experience. My overall approach is, as outlined above, to stress both how ritual practice constitutes women as its subjects and how it conversely organizes female identity in order to subject it to the requirements of a male-dominated society.

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