Monthly Archives: April 2013

CHILDBIRTH AND MOTHERHOOD

I feel that it’s very hard to take what little we know of childbirth in ancient times and cross reference it with contemporary midwifery to construct some semblance of a historical picture. Ina May Gaskin’s efforts to bring birthing back … Continue reading

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OVID’S RAPES

As I began to read the second half of this week’s articles, I was unsure of my stance on Ovid’s rapes. There are a few running themes that appear to be present in most of his works. We consistently see … Continue reading

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OVID’S METAMORPHOSES

Background on Ovid Publius Ovidius Naso was born on March 20th in 43 BCE. He came from a landowning family of the equestrian class in Sulmo, a town forty miles east of Rome. Ovid’s birth year was a significant political … Continue reading

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THE FEMALE’S PLACE IN THE ORIGIN MYTHS OF ANTIQUITY

Depiction of sorrowful Mother Earth The contemporary world often looks upon the classical world with a kind of nostalgia. There is a general consensus that the present is a devolved version of the past. To the masses, classical times appear … Continue reading

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LYSISTRATA: A Breakthrough or a Literary Trope?

What happens when a playwright inverts the norms of Ancient Greece? What is the intention behind the inversion? Is he making a statement about society at large or simply offering comic relief? Aristophanes’¬†Lysistrata¬†is unique in more than one way. Its … Continue reading

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