Abstract

Abstract:

In this article, I examine the two female characters featured in Plutarch's Symposium of the Seven Sages: Melissa, the wife of Periander, and Cleobulina (a.k.a. Eumetis), the daughter of Cleobulus. In particular, I explore how these two women relate to male characters in the dialogue and how they comport themselves within the male-dominated space of this fictional banquet. Overall, I argue, Cleobulina and Melissa embody Plutarch's ideals regarding female virtue and provide a role-model for elite girls and married women respectively.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2328-5265
Print ISSN
0363-1923
Pages
pp. 209-231
Launched on MUSE
2019-11-14
Open Access
No
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