The Constraints of Desire: The Anthropology of Sex and Gender in Ancient Greece

1st Edition

John J. Winkler

Routledge
Published December 13, 1989
Reference - 282 Pages
ISBN 9780415901239 - CAT# RT367

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Summary

For centuries, classical scholars have intensely debated the "position of women" in classical Athens. Did women have a vast but informal power, or were they little better than slaves? Using methods developed from feminist anthropology, Winkler steps back from this narrowly framed question and puts it in the larger context of how sex and gender in ancient Greece were culturally constructed. His innovative approach uncovers the very real possibilities for female autonomy that existed in Greek society.

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