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The Locrian maidens : love and death in Greek Italy /
James M. Redfield.
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Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, c2003.
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xvi, 459 p.
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0691116059 (alk. paper)
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Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, c2003.
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0691116059 (alk. paper)
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5068309
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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"This is a splendid book. It contains many revelations and new material on both fundamental and neglected aspects of Greek culture, and a lot of very acute anthropological reflections. General readers will appreciate it, and specialists will enjoy discussing the Redfieldian approach to myth, ritual, and gender. Masterfully written, it takes us on an enchanting tour from Peloponnesus to Athens, from Troy to Sparta, in a grand quest for the 'Locrian strand' that is ours, as much as Greek."--Philippe Borgeaud, University of Geneva, author of The Cult of Pan in Ancient Greece "James Redfield's ability to read symbolical stories and iconographical documents, combined with his interest in economics and social structure, offers an original contribution in a field where the attention of many has been too easily captured by the (well documented) case of Athens. His striking cross-interpretation of the data yields highly valuable, and new, results."--Claude Calame, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris University of Lausanne, author of Myth and History in Ancient Greece
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"This is a splendid book. It contains many revelations and new material on both fundamental and neglected aspects of Greek culture, and a lot of very acute anthropological reflections. General readers will appreciate it, and specialists will enjoy discussing the Redfieldian approach to myth, ritual, and gender. Masterfully written, it takes us on an enchanting tour from Peloponnesus to Athens, from Troy to Sparta, in a grand quest for the 'Locrian strand' that is ours, as much as Greek."-- Philippe Borgeaud, University of Geneva, author of The Cult of Pan in Ancient Greece "James Redfield's ability to read symbolical stories and iconographical documents, combined with his interest in economics and social structure, offers an original contribution in a field where the attention of many has been too easily captured by the (well documented) case of Athens. His striking cross-interpretation of the data yields highly valuable, and new, results."-- Claude Calame, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris University of Lausanne, author of Myth and History in Ancient Greece
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"This is a splendid book. It contains many revelations and new material on both fundamental and neglected aspects of Greek culture, and a lot of very acute anthropological reflections. General readers will appreciate it, and specialists will enjoy discussing the Redfieldian approach to myth, ritual, and gender. Masterfully written, it takes us on an enchanting tour from Peloponnesus to Athens, from Troy to Sparta, in a grand quest for the 'Locrian strand' that is ours, as much as Greek."--Philippe Borgeaud, University of Geneva, author ofThe Cult of Pan in Ancient Greece "James Redfield's ability to read symbolical stories and iconographical documents, combined with his interest in economics and social structure, offers an original contribution in a field where the attention of many has been too easily captured by the (well documented) case of Athens. His striking cross-interpretation of the data yields highly valuable, and new, results."--Claude Calame, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris University of Lausanne, author ofMyth and History in Ancient Greece
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Appeared in Choice on 2004-10-01:
Redfield (Univ. of Chicago) offers a loosely organized, intriguing study of aspects of gender, religion, myth, archaeology, and history in Locris in Greece and its colony Locri in Italy. Impressed by the "disciplined sensuality" of art from Italian Locri, Redfield spent decades studying the myths, historical evidence, and archaeological and artistic evidence on Locri. After introductory material, Redfield views the sending of "Maidens" from Greek Locris to serve in Athena's temple at Troy as a rite of passage for girls. In the book's core, Redfield argues that Italian Locri was an "Orphic community," closed off from outsiders, in which the central role of women and marriage (in anticipation of a joyous afterlife) resulted in a mediation of gender difference, social peace, individual happiness, and high status for women. His iconographical analyses of pinakes (clay tablets dedicated to Persephone at the time of marriage or death) and of the "Ludovisi" and "Boston" thrones are superb, but his analysis of historical sources is suspect. Scarcity of sources insures that his interpretation is not definitive, and the lack of written sources to support his conjectures renders them suspect. Still, classicists interested in gender studies should read this richly suggestive work. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Graduate students/faculty. J. M. Williams SUNY College at Geneseo
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This is a splendid book. It contains many revelations and new material on both fundamental and neglected aspects of Greek culture, and a lot of very acute anthropological reflections. General readers will appreciate it, and specialists will enjoy discussing the Redfieldian approach to myth, ritual, and gender. Masterfully written, it takes us on an enchanting tour from Peloponnesus to Athens, from Troy to Sparta, in a grand quest for the 'Locrian strand' that is ours, as much as Greek.
James Redfield's ability to read symbolical stories and iconographical documents, combined with his interest in economics and social structure, offers an original contribution in a field where the attention of many has been too easily captured by the (well documented) case of Athens. His striking cross-interpretation of the data yields highly valuable, and new, results.
The Locrian Maidensactually uncovers something new in the heavily trodden terrain of the classics, and in today's academy that amounts to a rara avis.
The Locrian Maidens actually uncovers something new in the heavily trodden terrain of the classics, and in today's academy that amounts to a rara avis.
" The Locrian Maidens actually uncovers something new in the heavily trodden terrain of the classics, and in today's academy that amounts to a rara avis."-- Tom Meaney, New Criterion
The Locrian Maidens actually uncovers something new in the heavily trodden terrain of the classics, and in today's academy that amounts to a rara avis. -- Tom Meaney, New Criterion
The Locrian Maidensactually uncovers something new in the heavily trodden terrain of the classics, and in today's academy that amounts to a rara avis. -- Tom Meaney, New Criterion
In this engrossing report on a quarter century of work, James Redfield reconstructs the distinctive culture of Epizephyrian Locri from rubble, rumors, and art to offer an unsuspected model of Greek social organization. . . . The book shows a rare combination of rigorous documentation and theoretical imagination. . . . This is a book of great learning and great charm.
"In this engrossing report on a quarter century of work, James Redfield reconstructs the distinctive culture of Epizephyrian Locri from rubble, rumors, and art to offer an unsuspected model of Greek social organization. . . . The book shows a rare combination of rigorous documentation and theoretical imagination. . . . This is a book of great learning and great charm."-- Frederick T. Griffiths, New England Classical Journal
In this engrossing report on a quarter century of work, James Redfield reconstructs the distinctive culture of Epizephyrian Locri from rubble, rumors, and art to offer an unsuspected model of Greek social organization. . . . The book shows a rare combination of rigorous documentation and theoretical imagination. . . . This is a book of great learning and great charm. -- Frederick T. Griffiths, New England Classical Journal
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Summaries
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Athens dominates textbook accounts of ancient Greece. But was it, for the Greeks themselves, a model city-state or a creative, even a corrupt, departure from the model? Or was there a model? This book reveals Epizephyrian Locri--a Greek colony on the Adriatic coast of Italy--as a third way in Greek culture, neither Athens nor Sparta. Drawing on a wide range of literary and archaeological evidence, James Redfield offers a fascinating account of this poorly understood Greek city-state, and in particular the distinctive role of women and marriage therein. Redfield devotes much of the book to placing Locri within a more general account of Greek culture, particularly with the institution of marriage in relation to private property, sexual identity, and the fate of the soul. He begins by considering the annual practice of sending two maidens from old-world Locris, the putative place of origin of the Italian Locrians, to serve in the temple of Athena at Ilion, finding here some key themes of Locrian culture. He goes on to provide a richly detailed overview of the Italian city; in a set of iconographic essays he suggests that marriage was seen in Locri as a life transformation akin to the eternal bliss hoped for after death. Nothing less than a general reevaluation of classical Greek society in both its political and theological dimensions, The Locrian Maidens is must reading for students and scholars of classics, while remaining accessible and of particular interest to those in women's studies and to anyone seeking a broader understanding of ancient Greece.
Bowker Data Service Summary
Epizephyrian Locri was an important Greek colony in southern Italy. James Redfield shows how the Locrian idea of marriage influenced their notions of property, sexual identity & the fate of the soul. In doing so he reveals a Greek society that was neither liberal Athens nor militarist Sparta.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Abbreviationsp. xv
Introductionp. 1
Sexual Complementarityp. 15
The Sexes in Cosmos and Historyp. 17
Women in Civil Societyp. 27
The Theology of Consentp. 57
The Locrian Maidens at Troyp. 83
The Locrian Maidens at Troyp. 85
Excursusp. 151
On Developmentp. 153
Epizephyrian Locrip. 201
Epizephyrian Locrip. 203
Locrian Culture: Locri, Locris, Sparta (and Crete)p. 241
Four Iconographic Essaysp. 309
Nymphsp. 311
The Tortoise and the Knucklebonep. 318
The Ludovisi and Boston Thronesp. 332
The Locrian Pinakesp. 346
Epiloguep. 387
Pythagoras at the Locrian Frontierp. 389
p. 411
Bibliographyp. 417
Indexp. 435
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