The Satire of Classical Maenadism

In this article, we will examine how maenads and satyrs — the female and male followers of Dionysus, respectfully — are represented in both Classical iconographic and literary sources. The depictions of intoxication, sexual abuse, and animalistic features associated with maenads and satyrs ultimately acts to reinforce ideological standards for women to behave according to the accepted social and cultural beliefs in Classical Greece by presenting the followers of Dionysus through satirical means. … More The Satire of Classical Maenadism

Eleusinian Mysteries at the Sanctuary of Demeter and Kore

Welcome! Before we jump into the excitement of the mysteries, let’s introduce the sanctuary. The sanctuary of Demeter and Kore at Eleusis, is located roughly 18 kilometers from Athens (Fantham et al., 1995, p. 37), a city which is often considered the main hub of Greece in antiquity. Because it is now in ruins, we … More Eleusinian Mysteries at the Sanctuary of Demeter and Kore

Motherhood in Ancient Greece

This article features information about Athenian women during 5th century BCE Athens. It explores the importance of mothers and childbearing in ancient Greek society. Sparta society is mentioned throughout the article when in comparison to Athens. This provides the knowledge to better understand the similarities and differences in relation to women in ancient Greek society. … More Motherhood in Ancient Greece