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Immigrant women in Athens : gender, ethnicity, and citizenship in the classical city

Author: Rebecca Futo Kennedy
Publisher: New York ; London : Routledge, cop. 2014.
Series: Routledge studies in ancient history, 6.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Many of the women whose names are known to history from Classical Athens were metics or immigrants, linked in the literature with assumptions of being 'sexually exploitable.' Despite recent scholarship on women in Athens beyond notions of the 'citizen wife' and the 'common prostitute, ' the scholarship on women, both citizen and foreign, is focused almost exclusively on women in the reproductive and sexual economy  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rebecca Futo Kennedy
ISBN: 9780415737869 0415737869
OCLC Number: 893896944
Description: 1 vol . ([xiii]-177 p.) : ill. en noir, couv. ill. en coul. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Metic Women, Citizenship, and Marriage in Athenian Law --
The Ideology of the Metic Woman --
Aspasia, Athenian Citizen Elites, and the Myth of the Courtesan --
The Dangers of the Big City --
Working Women, not "Working Girls.
Series Title: Routledge studies in ancient history, 6.
Responsibility: by Rebecca Futo Kennedy.
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"Many of the women whose names are known to history from Classical Athens were metics or immigrants, linked in the literature with assumptions of being 'sexually exploitable.' Despite recent scholarship on women in Athens beyond notions of the 'citizen wife' and the 'common prostitute, ' the scholarship on women, both citizen and foreign, is focused almost exclusively on women in the reproductive and sexual economy of the city. This book examines the position of metic women in Classical Athens, to understand the social and economic role of metic women in the city, beyond the sexual labor market. This book contributes to two important aspects of the history of life in 5th century Athens: it explores our knowledge of metics, a little-researched group, and contributes to the study if women in antiquity, which has traditionally divided women socially between citizen-wives and everyone else. This tradition has wrongly situated metic women, because they could not legally be wives, as some variety of whores. Author Rebecca Kennedy critiques the traditional approach to the study of women through an examination of primary literature on non-citizen women in the Classical period. She then constructs new approaches to the study of metic women in Classical Athens that fit the evidence and open up further paths for exploration. This leading-edge volume advances the study of women beyond their sexual status and breaks down the ideological constraints that both Victorians and feminist scholars reacting to them have historically relied upon throughout the study of women in antiquity."

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"Kennedy here presents a full study, the first, of immigrant - metic - women in Classical Athens, seeking to delineate their legal status, their vulnerabilities and their work. In so doing she must Read more...

 
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