Goddesses, Whores, Wives, and Slaves: Women in Classical Antiquity

The first general treatment of women in the ancient world to reflect the critical insights of modern feminism. Though much debated, its position as the basic textbook on women's history in Greece and Rome has hardly been challenged."--Mary Beard, Times Literary Supplement. Illustrations. From the Trade Paperback edition.

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By Tanya (The United States) · ★★★★★ · October 09, 2009
One of my absolute favorite books from college. Note that the list of "types" in the title is also a ranking. In many ways it was better to be a whore in Classical Greece than a wife, especially in the upper classes. Exhaustively researched using primary sources such as laws, legal documents, let... ...more
By Erik (Chicago, IL) · ★★★★☆ · April 16, 2013
Published during the seventies, this is one of the first--if not the first--books in English to discuss the roles of women in classical antiquity from a scholarly feminist perspective. It is written on an introductory level suitable for undergraduates and studious high schoolers. ...more
By Jo (Doncaster, South Yorkshire, The United Kingdom) · ★★★★☆ · October 29, 2011
Pomeroy looks at the roles of women in the classical world of the Greeks, Romans and Egyptians. Interesting to see how some attitudes rarely change, even after thousands of years. Well written and researched, worth reading whether you're a feminist or not ...more
By Catherine (New York, NY) · ★★★★☆ · September 16, 2010
Now-classic feminist history of the topic; seems fairly obvious, but that means that it did its job. ...more
By Orla (Dublin, Ireland) · ★★★★☆ · April 07, 2013
Pomperoy is one of my favourite academics when it comes to Gender in the ancient world, I enjoyed her contribution to 'Ancient Greece: A Political, Social and Cultural History' and her work in 'Spartan Women'.

This book really brings together a lot of her work really highlights both the difficulty... ...more
By Cody (Vienna, VA) · ★★★★☆ · July 29, 2012
Dry in places but still very interesting. It's also a bit fascinating how relevant this continues to be in terms of our understanding the roots of Roman-influenced Western culture - the author observes as much in her preface from 1994 when discussing why she didn't revise the 1975 text, and it's... ...more
By Bruce (Katy, TX) · ★★★★☆ · September 05, 2011
Sarah Pomeroy places students of the New Testament in her debt in this careful study. She provides a view of the ancient cults which sharpens the background detail in Paul's letters to Corinth and Roman Asia. Never again can students of Ephesians and 1 and 2 Timothy announce that we can know litt... ...more
By Xander (Ann Arbor, MI) · ★★★★☆ · June 15, 2011
I got this book to use for a paper, and I wasn't expecting it to be super exciting, but it actually was. It's really interesting and informative, and even if one does not need to write a paper on the subject the book is still interesting. ...more