Maenads: Female Followers of Dionysus

Maenad: Female Followers of Dionysus  Who were the Maenads? To be put in short, maenads were female followers of Dionysos. The Greek god Dionysos, who is equivalent to the Roman god of Bacchus, was representative of wine and madness. The practice of maenadism is thought to have started in Thebes, coinciding with the birth place of Dionysus. … More Maenads: Female Followers of Dionysus

Hecate and Medea

In ancient Greece, mythological gods and heroes represented both the ideals and failings of Greek culture; the goddess Hecate presents these concepts through her powerful representation of women and in the injustice of a sexist culture, often told through the story of her priestess, Medea. Medea, a woman whose identity exists as one of controversy, … More Hecate and Medea

Consent and Rape Culture in Ancient Greece

The Rape of Proserpina, Hans von Aachen [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons   “Rape Culture is an environment in which rape is prevalent and in which sexual violence against women is normalized and excused in the media and popular culture.” – Marshall University Women’s Center   While it may not have been referred to as such … More Consent and Rape Culture in Ancient Greece

Women in Pompeii and Their Dominance Through Frescoes

Overview:  Frescoes that have been frozen in time through volcanic ash help tell the stories of women in Pompeii. Prior to the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, Pompeii was a thriving city by the bay of Naples that served both the community and visitors. In Pompeii, prostitution was common among lower class women and their trade … More Women in Pompeii and Their Dominance Through Frescoes