Spartan Women in the Hellenistic and Roman Period

Education For Spartan youth education was essential for the continuation of the Spartan way of life. In Sparta unlike many places during this time in Greece had an education system for both boys and girls which included physical education , Mousike which was general fine arts like dancing and singing with the small elite being … More Spartan Women in the Hellenistic and Roman Period

Sexuality in Antiquity

Introduction The purpose for creating this website was to examine how we look at sexuality in antiquity, particularly homosexuality; even more specifically, lesbianism. The way in which Western scholars (Freud, Foucault) understands homosexuality -or sexuality at all- is a modern construction that would have not existed conceptually the same way in 7th c BCE, Lesbos, … More Sexuality in Antiquity

The Muses

Identity and Roles in Antiquity The Muses of Greek mythology were goddesses of poetry, song, and dance and are unparalleled in any other part of the world. They are likened to Nymphs, Charites (Graces), and Sirens as they are all highly skilled in song and/or dance. They represented practice, memory, and song (Melete, Mneme, and … More The Muses

A Comparison of Women in Classical Greece and Greek Mythology

Women in Classical Greece were uniquely responsible for childbearing, raising the children, weaving, and managing the household. Childbirth was extremely dangerous as mortality rates at birth were high for both the mother and child. Caring for a newborn child posed a similar concern , since infant death rates in antiquity have been determined at 300 … More A Comparison of Women in Classical Greece and Greek Mythology

Prescribed Implications of Dress: Comparing the Matrona and the Mistress in the Early Roman Empire

I was interested in discovering what made clothing important to the Romans. What aspects were unique to women? After some initial research, I decided to focus on two seemingly opposite classes of women, feeding into the Madonna and Whore trope, I decided to investigate differences in dress of matronas and prostitutes in Roman society. However, … More Prescribed Implications of Dress: Comparing the Matrona and the Mistress in the Early Roman Empire