women

Servitude | Part 1: Female servants in Homer

In Homeric poetry, apart from family members there are other members of the household [oikos] who are described by many different Greek words, and carry out differing roles. We were interested in understanding what those words would have meant and how servitude was portrayed, in the context of ancient Greek song culture of the Iliad and Odyssey. We start our exploration with female slaves/servants. Read more

Hair, part 2 | Female hair: descriptions

"But the mane of the other one, my kinswoman Hagesikhora, blossoms on her head like imperishable gold" How did the ancient Greeks view women's hair? In this second post of the series, we are looking at physical descriptions of women's hair: is it depicted as an object of attraction for others, and how do women themselves use it as a means of seduction? Read more

Book Club: Lysistrata by Aristophanes

We will have a  Book Club discussion of Aristophanes’ Lysistrata. Our discussion will be held via Google+ Hangout on Thursday, May 21 2015 at 11:00 a.m EDT. Everybody is welcome to join in! Please sign up in the Forum if you would like to join, or if you are… Read more