An engaging, informative and beautifully presented book.
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    A beautifully put together overview of the roles, perceptions and portrayals of women from Ancient Greece, Rome and Egypt.
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    Women in the Ancient World

    SKU: cmc50772

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    A look at women throughout history, comparing and contrasting the attitudes of each society.

    From the faithful wife to the powerful queen, the untouchable priestess to the high-living prostitute, the daily lives and roles of women in the ancient world of Greece and Rome, Egypt and the Near East were fascinating and varied, often going beyond the traditional view of ‘a woman’s place’.

    Through themes such as domestic life, religion, work, mothers and mourners, stereotypes, costume and the body, this book explores the traditions and trends of different cultures, using intriguing juxtapositions of images to compare and contrast the attitudes of each society.

    The author takes a fresh and thought- provoking look at new ways of viewing these images, pointing out the signs that reveal how a woman is to be viewed, whether as an example of perfect femininity or the object of scorn.

    Beautifully designed and packed with a wide range of illustrations, from public art to domestic artefacts, many specially photographed, this book reveals compelling details about the everyday lives of women in the ancient world that will delight, inform and entertain all readers, often with surprising resonances for our own time.


    Jenifer Neils is Vice President of the Archaeological Institute of America and Ruth Coulter Heede Professor of Art History at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. She is the author of Concise Introduction to Ancient Greece as well as The Youthful Deeds of Theseus and The Parthenon Frieze.


    Product code: cmc50772
    Exhibition: Ice Age art
    Author: Jenifer Neils
    ISBN: 9780714150772
    Format: Paperback with flaps
    Number of pages: 216 pages
    Size: 215 x 215mm
    llustrations: 200 colour
    Weight: 0.833kg
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