Women Writers of Ancient Greece and Rome: An Anthology

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Ian Michael Plant
University of Oklahoma Press, 2004 - Literary Criticism - 268 pages
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Despite a common perception that most writing in antiquity was produced by men, some important literature written by women during this period has survived. Edited by I. M. Plant, Women Writers of Ancient Greece and Rome is a comprehensive anthology of the surviving literary texts of women writers from the Graeco-Roman world that offers new English translations from the works of more than fifty women.

From Sappho, who lived in the seventh century B.C., to Eudocia and Egeria of the fifth century A.D., the texts presented here come from a wide range of sources and span the fields of poetry and prose. Each author is introduced with a critical review of what we know about the writer, her work, and its significance, along with a discussion of the texts that follow. A general introduction looks into the problem of the authenticity of some texts attributed to women and places their literature into the wider literary and social contexts of the ancient Graeco-Roman world.

 

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Contents

Sappho
10
Cleobulina
29
Telesilla
33
Myrtis
36
Praxilla
38
Aspasia
41
Eurydice
43
Philaenis
45
Hortensia
104
Sulpicia
106
Philinna
112
Syra
114
Salpe
115
Elephantis
118
Lais
119
Olympias
121

Erinna
48
Hedyle
53
Anyte
56
Moero
61
Nossis
63
Nicobule
67
Theano
68
Perictione I II
76
Myia
79
Aesara
81
Melissa
83
Phintys
84
Ptolemais
87
Boeo
90
Corinna
92
Melinno
99
Cornelia
101
Sotira
122
Timaris
123
Sulpicia II
124
Pamphila
127
Maria
130
Cleopatra
135
Cleopatra Alchemist
145
Dionysia
148
Caecilia Trebulla
149
Samithra
162
Egeria
189
Eucheria
210
Glossary
229
Attested Greek and Roman Women Writers
243
Index of Authors and Works Cited
256
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I. M. Plant is Lecturer in Ancient History at Macquarie University, New South Wales, Australia.

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