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Portrait of a Priestess Women and Ritual in Ancient GreeceDerstanding the complexity of priestesses' lives reuires us to look past the simple lines we draw today between public and private sacred and secularThe remarkable picture that emerges reveals that women in religious office were not as secluded and marginalized as we have thought that religious office was one arena in ancient Greece where women enjoyed privileges and authority comparable to that of men Connelly concludes by examining women's roles in early Christianity taking on the larger issue of the exclusion of women from the Christian priesthood This paperback edition includes additional maps and a glossary for student use. Full of good information and luscious pictures of potsstelaestatuesc but the modern academic writing style made me grit my teeth the whole way ObserveA further inspiration or the title is my wish to underscore the narrative uality of the material presented The fragments of sculpture paintings inscriptions and texts gathered here preserve stories of lived experience They are not just distant data onto which we can project the concerns and agendas of our own times but are robust survivors of authentic ancient narratives to which we should instead listen

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Portrait of a Priestess Women and Ritual in Ancient Greece characters É 104 Û ✻ [BOOKS] ✯ Portrait of a Priestess Women and Ritual in Ancient Greece By Joan Breton Connelly ❅ – Gwairsoft.co.uk In this sumptuously illustrated book Joan Breton Connelly gives us the first comprehensIn a Priestess Women and ePUB #199 this sumptuously a Priestess eBook #180 illustrated book Joan Breton Connelly gives us the first comprehensive cultural history of priestesses in the ancient Greek world Connelly Portrait of eBook #208 presents the fullest and most vivid picture yet of how priestesses lived and worked from the most famous and sacred of them the Delphic of a Priestess PDF #10003 Oracle and the priestess of Athena Polias to basket bearers and handmaidens Along the way she challenges long held beliefs to show that priestesses of a Priestess Women and Epubplayed far significant public roles in ancient Greece than. Scholars in recent memory have almost universally concluded that ancient Greek women were marginalized silent almost invisible and confined to their households and to their roles as wives and mothers While this may have been true in some cases Joan Breton Connelly convincingly disproves this hypothesis in the case of a notable exception the role of women in religious ritual Connelly begins with the hypothesis that through participation in cult service ancient Greek women were able to attain power and influence within the polis She delineates significant evidence for the existence of priestesses and attributes modern scholarship's dismissal of this group to two seemingly divergent factors Victorian sensibilities that considered women of lesser status and feminists of the 1970s whose worldviews had been shaped by a male dominated society Connelly explains that not only did priestesses exist but they were extremely influential Ancient Greek priestesses came from the wealthiest and most aristocratic families of the Greek city states and could be appointed selected from a lottery although even the lottery was only open to the most aristocratic candidates or even purchased their religious offices The cults were organized in a clearly demarcated hierarchy from little girls who as new initiates served small roles as temple attendants to priestesses of the most venerated shrines such as Athena Polias or Demeter and Kore The head priestess of a cult such as Athena Polias or Demeter and Kore would be expected to make significant financial contributions and Connelly explains that these contributions often came from the priestess's private means or even if a female priesthood was financed through the priestess's male relatives she seemed to have no trouble in accessing the money With the financial expectations came significant remuneration Priestesses were honored for their service as a good woman deserves through financial compensation the right to collect duties and penalties a share in all sacrificial offerings to the goddess the priestess served often a public coronation reserved seats in the front row of the theater and sporting events and the right to argue legal cases before the city's governing body Priestesses were honored and revered during their lifetimes and commemorated after their deaths with lavish funerals and tombs as well as portrait statues dedicated in a priestess's memory and given pride of place either in the sanctuary she served or in some public location Using evidence from literature historical documents and uncovered statuary and other artifacts Connelly portrays Greek priestesses as powerful vocal women who occupied great prestige and exercised considerable influence in their communities

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Previously acknowledgedConnelly builds this history through a pioneering examination of archaeological evidence in the broader context of literary sources inscriptions sculpture and vase painting Ranging from southern Italy to Asia Minor and from the late Bronze Age to the fifth century AD she brings the priestesses to life their social origins how they progressed through many sacred roles on the path to priesthood and even how they dressed She sheds light on the rituals they performed the political power they wielded their systems of patronage and compensation and how they were honored including in death Connelly shows that un. I loved this book Perhaps at least partially because it purported a theory I've held myself; namely that women in Ancient Greece had of a life outside of the home than we have been led to understand It is worth noting however that by far most of the evidence for this is from the 5th Century BCE through the Hellenistic and even Roman times There is little evidence before thatCiting the literary evidence; plays poems and fragments of other writings concerning a variety of female dominated religious festivals the author makes the case that women were not only active outside of the oikos but also honored and respected Most of the epigraphic evidence cited is for priestesses but those women while from well to do and respected families were numerous than one would think Those positions often experienced freuent turnoverBeyond the persuasive text this title has stunning illustrations It is full of photos drawings and images that support the author's inescapable conclusions