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Citizen Bacchae: Women's Ritual Practice in Ancient Greece

Barbara Goff and Terence Taylor


What activities did the women of ancient Greece perform in the sphere of ritual, and what were the meanings of such activities for them and their culture? By offering answers to these questions, this study aims to recover and reconstruct an important dimension of the lived experience of ancient Greek women. A comprehensive investigation of the ritual roles of women in ancient Greece, it draws on a wide range of evidence from across the Greek world–including literary and historical texts, inscriptions, and vase paintings–to assemble a portrait of women as religious and cultural agents, despite ... More

Keywords: ancient Greek women, ritual, inscriptions, vase paintings, seclusion, exclusion, sexuality, civic participation, male-dominated society, women's subculture

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Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780520239982
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520239982.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Barbara Goff, author

Terence Taylor, editor

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