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SPARTA: 'A MODERN WOMAN IMAGINES'; S. B. Pomeroy: Spartan Women. Pp. xvii + 198, ills. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002. Paper. ISBN: 0-19-513067-7 (0-19-513066-9 hbk).

Powell, Anton

The Classical Review, Vol.54(2), pp.465-467 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

Oct 2004

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    SPARTA: 'A MODERN WOMAN IMAGINES'; S. B. Pomeroy: Spartan Women. Pp. xvii + 198, ills. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002. Paper. ISBN: 0-19-513067-7 (0-19-513066-9 hbk).
  • Author: Powell, Anton
  • Description: From Xenophon and Aristotle there is evidence of Spartan women panicking in the face of an enemy invasion (of 370/69)again, exceptional material since concerned with behaviour in mass and in public.The third-century revolutions at Sparta generated remarkably extensive surviving testimony on Spartan womens actionfrom Phylarkhos via Plutarch (in the Lives of Agis and Kleomenes): detailed and idealizing material which again involves political executions of leading women. [...]Spartan women were taught to throw a javelin (ibid.)though the evidence is from the Roman period, and for once a negative argument from the silence of classical sources is overwhelming, so fascinated were Athenians by the idea of Spartas unfeminine women (on which see the altogether more sophisticated work of Ellen Millender). [...]Spartan women may seem feisty (p. 122). [...]according to Herodotos, the ship which Artemisiain full flightrammed and sank was in fact one from her own side; all its crew were killed, and Artemisias action was for her cause (Hdt. 8.88). [...]P.s Kyniska has far more independence, and her Artemisia far more competence, than the sources allow us to say.
  • Is Part Of: The Classical Review, Vol.54(2), pp.465-467
  • Publication Date: Oct 2004
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Identifier: ISSN: 0009840X ; E-ISSN: 14643561
  • Subjects: Thucydides (471-400 Bc) ; Plutarch (46?-120?)
  • Language: English

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