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by Ariadne Staples

Category: World
Subcategory: History books
Author: Ariadne Staples
ISBN: 0415132339
ISBN13: 978-0415132336
Language: English
Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (January 15, 1998)
Pages: 217
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Ariadne Staples' book examines how women in Rome were perceived both by themselves and by men through women's participation in Roman religion, as Roman religious ritual provided the single public arena where women played a significant formal role

Ariadne Staples' book examines how women in Rome were perceived both by themselves and by men through women's participation in Roman religion, as Roman religious ritual provided the single public arena where women played a significant formal role. From Good Goddess to Vestal Virgins argues that the ritual roles played out by women were vital in defining them sexually and that these sexually defined categories spilled over into other aspects of Roman culture, including political activity. Staples provides an arresting and original analysis of the role of women in Roman society, which.

Ariadne Staples' book examines how women in Rome were perceived both by themselves and by men through women's participation in Roman religion, as Roman religious ritual provided the single public arena where women played a significant formal role

Ariadne Staples' book examines how women in Rome were perceived both by themselves and by men through women's participation in Roman religion, as Roman religious ritual provided the single public arena where women played a significant formal role.

Roman history is not short of powerful female figures, such as Agrippina and Livia, yet their power stemmed from their associations with great men and was not officially recognised

Roman history is not short of powerful female figures, such as Agrippina and Livia, yet their power stemmed from their associations with great men and was not officially recognised. Ariadne Staples' book examines how women in Rome were perceived both by themselves and by men through women's participation in Roman religion, as Roman religious ritual provided the single public arena where women.

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In ancient Rome, the Vestals or Vestal Virgins (Latin: Vestālēs, singular Vestālis ) were priestesses of Vesta, goddess of the hearth. The College of the Vestals and its well-being were regarded as fundamental to the continuance and security of Rome.

The role of women in Roman culture and society was a paradoxical one. On the one hand they enjoyed social, material and financial independence and on the other hand they were denied basic constitutional rights. Roman history is not short of powerful female figures, such as Agrippina and Livia, yet their power stemmed from their associations with great men and was not officially recognised.Ariadne Staples' book examines how women in Rome were perceived both by themselves and by men through women's participation in Roman religion, as Roman religious ritual provided the single public arena where women played a significant formal role. From Good Goddess to Vestal Virgins argues that the ritual roles played out by women were vital in defining them sexually and that these sexually defined categories spilled over into other aspects of Roman culture, including political activity.Ariadne Staples provides an arresting and original analysis of the role of women in Roman society, which challenges traditionally held views and provokes further questions.
Comments to eBook From Good Goddess to Vestal Virgins: Sex and Category in Roman Religion
RuTGamer
Informative, academic, easy to read, entertaining, and well worth the purchase
Snake Rocking
Ms. Staples has produced a solid academic work here. Unfortunately, it's evident that the book began life as a doctoral dissertation. (There are far too many sentences that begin, "In this section, I intend to show that...") Nevertheless, the book is both interesting and useful because it applies anthropological constructs and insights to classical topics. Staples makes several novel cross-connections amongst various cult practices. She also applies provisions of Roman law to religious questions. One really cannot understand the Roman state religion without at least a rudimentary understanding of Roman law. Most academics seem to miss this point entirely. That Ms. Staples has made the connection adds greatly to the validity of her reasoning. On the whole, I highly recommend this book to anybody with a serious interest in Roman religion. The cross-study insights are valuable and the format of the analysis is clear.

I have one caveat: this book spends too much time trying to apply 20th century feminist sensibilities to ancient Rome. I can understand attempting to understand the position of women in society, their role in the Roman state religion (and in family cults), and the way in which both Roman men and Roman women viewed the position of women. But asking questions about why Roman women couldn't vote or run for a civil magistracy in the late Republic is not a particularly illuminating inquiry in a book that is nominally about Roman religion.
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