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Landscapes, Gender, and Ritual Space: The Ancient Greek Experience

Susan Guettel Cole


The division of land and the consolidation of territory that created the Greek polis also divided sacred from productive space, sharpened distinctions between purity and pollution, and created a ritual system premised on gender difference. Regional sanctuaries ameliorated competition between city-states, publicized the results of competitive rituals for males, and encouraged judicial alternatives to violence. Female ritual efforts, focused on the reproduction and the health of the family, are less visible, but, as this study shows, no less significant. Taking a fresh look at the epigraphical e ... More

Keywords: ritual system, gender difference, male rituals, female rituals, female body, ritual purification, Artemis, Greek ritual practice

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780520235441
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520235441.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susan Guettel Cole, author