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In Pythagorean Women, classical scholar Sarah B. Pomeroy discusses the groundbreaking principles that Pythagoras established for family life in Archaic Greece, such as constituting a single standard of sexual conduct for women and men. Among the Pythagoreans, women played an important role and participated actively in the philosophical life. While Pythagoras encouraged women to be submissive to men, his reasoning was based on the desire to preserve harmony in the home. Pythagorean Women provides English translations of all the earliest extant examples of literary Greek prose by Neopythagorean women, shedding light on their attitudes about marriage, the home, music, and the cosmos. Pomeroy's boy—which sets the Pythagorean and Neopythagorean women vividly in their historical, ecological, and intellectual contexts—is illustrated with original photographs of sites and artifacts known to these women.

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  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-7
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Note on Abbreviations
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Chronology
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xv-xxii
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  1. 1. Who Were the Pythagorean Women?
  2. pp. 1-18
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  1. 2. Wives, Mothers, Sisters, Daughters
  2. pp. 19-40
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  1. 3. Who Were the Neopythagorean Women Authors?
  2. pp. 41-53
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  1. 4. Introduction to the Prose Writings of Neopythagorean Women
  2. pp. 54-65
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  1. 5. The Letters and Treatises of Neopythagorean Women in the East
  2. pp. 66-98
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  1. 6. The Letters and Treatises of Neopythagorean Women in the West
  2. pp. 99-116
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  1. 7. The Neopythagorean Women as Philosophers
  2. pp. 117-138
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 139-166
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781421409573
Related ISBN
9781421409566
MARC Record
OCLC
853506033
Pages
200
Launched on MUSE
2013-08-13
Language
English
Open Access
No
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