Women and Misogyny in Ancient Greek Philosophy

The subject of women in antiquity is a fascinating, but admittedly difficult pursuit. Women’s voices in ancient times were largely ignored or silenced in literature, historical narratives, philosophical discourse, and political life. Since pursuits in the philosophical realm were predominantly viewed as the domain of elite men, women, slaves, and other minorities are often left … More Women and Misogyny in Ancient Greek Philosophy

The Pythia at Delphi: A Topic of Continued Intrigue

A Quick Introduction Delphi was perhaps the most important religious sanctuary of the ancient Greek world. This institution was so integral to life in the Mediterranean that it continued to function through the reign of Alexander the Great and into the Roman Empire. The prophecies given here play a large role, both in literature such … More The Pythia at Delphi: A Topic of Continued Intrigue

Lysistrata and the Role of the Woman in Classical and Modern Society

Lysistrata, the comedy by Aristophanes, was written to be performed in the 5th century BCE and is still one of the most significant resources we have regarding the roles and actions of women in Classical Greece. Since premiering, it has spawned many modern versions and portrayals, and is often quite well-recognized due to its controversial … More Lysistrata and the Role of the Woman in Classical and Modern Society

Atalanta: The “Swift-footed Huntress”

  Contents Introduction Early Life Calydonian Boar Hunt “Atalanta in Calydon” by A.C. Swinburne Funeral Games of Pelias Footrace Later Life A Parallel of Artemis? Gender Ambiguity How Does Greek Myth Treat Ambiguous Women? Conclusion Additional Resources References *Please note this article contains nudity*                       … More Atalanta: The “Swift-footed Huntress”

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