By Deborah Lyons
Deianeira sends her husband Herakles a poisoned gown. Eriphyle trades the lifetime of her husband Amphiaraos for a golden necklace. Atreus’s spouse Aerope supplies away the token of his sovereignty, a lamb with a golden fleece, to his brother Thyestes, who has seduced her. presents and exchanges continuously contain a definite danger in any tradition, yet within the old Greek mind's eye, girls and presents seem to be a very lethal combination.
This booklet explores the position of gender in alternate as represented in historic Greek tradition, together with Homeric epic and tragedy, non-literary texts, and iconographic and old proof of varied forms. utilizing broad insights from anthropological paintings on marriage, kinship, and trade, in addition to ethnographic parallels from different conventional societies, Deborah Lyons probes the gendered department of work between either gods and mortals, the position of marriage (and its failure) in reworking girls from gadgets to brokers of alternate, the equivocal nature of girls as exchange-partners, and the significance of the sister-brother bond in realizing the industrial and social position of ladies in historical Greece. Her findings not just magnify our figuring out of social attitudes and practices in Greek antiquity but in addition reveal the applicability of ethnographic recommendations and anthropological thought to the research of historic societies.
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