Canal March

Women and motherhood in ancient Greece

Adolfo Domínguez Monedero

Adolfo Domínguez Monedero, Professor of Ancient History at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, analyses the role of women in ancient Greek society, their obligations and considerations, and their dimension as mothers in various fields: mythical or religious, medical, civil, etc. To this end, she draws on various literary sources, but its authorship—mainly in the hands of male writers such as Xenophon or Aeschylus—already denotes the first problem: an eminently male view of the image of woman and mother. Moreover, since these sources come mostly from the city of Athens, we do not know the role given to women in many other city states of ancient Greece.

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