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Women in the ancient world

"In this lively and accessible book, Jenifer Neils offers an engaging overview of the roles of women in the ancient societies of Greece, Rome, Egypt, and the Near East. Sifting through a range of evidence from written and material culture, and focusing in particular on visual imagery, she traces the parameters of women's real lives, as distinct from the stereotypical ways in which they were often portrayed."--P. [2] of cover

Includes bibliographical references and index

Real women: an introduction -- Female stereotypes -- Mothers and mourners -- Working women -- The body beautiful -- Women and religion -- Royal women

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Women In The Ancient World

This is a good overview book, as it touches on many different ways in which women are depicted in ancient visual works however, i&aposd definitely stress it as an overview. Neils doesn&apost go into depth with anything that gets touched on, so if you want discussion of specifics, this is probably not your book.

This was actually a little frustrating to me at some points, especially when she brings up the issue of women being depicted at fountain houses on hydriai. She does bring up some of the varying This is a good overview book, as it touches on many different ways in which women are depicted in ancient visual works however, i'd definitely stress it as an overview. Neils doesn't go into depth with anything that gets touched on, so if you want discussion of specifics, this is probably not your book.

This was actually a little frustrating to me at some points, especially when she brings up the issue of women being depicted at fountain houses on hydriai. She does bring up some of the varying ideas as to why this was shown, who the the women could be, based off of historical evidence & how they are shown on the hydriai, & the discrepancies therein. But when i looked at the pictures of the hydriai presented, i noticed that there was also imagery of chariot races, & even Herakles fighting the Nemean Lion on the same hydria, painted above & below the main image of the women, in two separate registers. I started to get a little excited, because i wanted to see what Neils might say, even briefly, about what this could mean. But she doesn't touch on it at all, not even in the short caption that accompanies each image. While i have some knowledge that can help me come up with my own possibilities, i was looking forward to seeing what someone more knowledgeable in the field might say about it.

There is also the fact that when she briefly mentions the Parthenon frieze, & the debated central image, she only presents one view, that of the "priest & priestess with temple attendant girls & boy," & doesn't even mention the other view. I know Neils has written a whole book on the frieze, & if this is her way of reading it, then fine, but if someone has picked up this book & doesn't know that this part of the frieze can be interpreted differently, it seems a little strange to not mention that there is another possible way of reading it, even if the author doesn't subscribe to it.

While the title is "Women in the Ancient World," the cultures presented felt a little unbalanced. I don't know if this is because of what is available to people today, or if it partially has to do with Neils' area of expertise, but i would have liked to see & learn more from cultures other than the Greeks & Romans, if possible.

The images of the objects are amazing. If it's an overview book of brief writing (& sometimes awkwardly worded in a stilted manner), it leaves more room for the images, which are meant to be the centerpieces anyway. The photos are very well done, & you can see so much detail in them.

The major problem i have had with this book, however, is the binding. I received this as a gift, & it was still wrapped in plastic. I have read through the whole thing once. The sections of the pages are sewn together, but as i read, the whole sections popped out of the binding glue. The cover itself (which is softcover) also detached from the binding glue. The book is falling apart after one reading, which is surprising & upsetting for a book of its cost & otherwise good quality.

Overall, i would say to especially get it for the images of the works discussed. If you want more in-depth discussion of the works & what their meanings in the cultures may have been, you'll probably want to look for other books. That doesn't mean this is a bad book that has no information to give. And above all else, watch out for the binding. . more


(Editor with Gisela Walberg) Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, Volume 2, Princeton University Press (Princeton, NJ), 1971-2000.

(Editor) The World of Ceramics: Masterpieces from the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Museum of Art/University of Indiana Press (Cleveland, OH), 1982.

The Youthful Deeds of Theseus, Bretschneider (Rome, Italy), 1987.

(Editor and contributor with E. J. W. Barber and others) Goddess and Polis: The Panathenaic Festival in Athens, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College/Princeton University Press (Princeton, NJ), 1992.

(Editor) Worshipping Athena: Panathenaia and Parthenon, University of Wisconsin Press (Madison, WI), 1996.

The Parthenon Frieze, Cambridge University Press (New York, NY), 2001.

SIDELIGHTS: Art historian Jenifer Neils specializes in archaeology and the art of ancient Greece. She was a Whitehead fellow at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens and a Getty fellow at the American Academy in Rome. In addition to her writing, she has curated exhibitions at the Hood Museum at Dartmouth College and the Cleveland, Ohio, Museum of Art.

In The Youthful Deeds of Theseus, Neils studies the development of the iconography of hero Theseus's youth as it was depicted in ancient Greek vase-painting and sculpture. Toward the end of the sixth century B.C.E. there was a distinct change in the image of Theseus as it was depicted in art. He became a hero and statesman figure, leaving behind his old identity as Minotaur-slaying lover. Many scholars, Neils among them, attribute this change to the arrival of democracy in ancient Athens. Though American Journal of Archaeology contributor John H. Oakley found some of Neils's specific arguments less than entirely persuasive, he nevertheless considered her basic argument sound and judged the book "a very solid contribution."

Neils serves as editor and contributor to the volume Goddess and Polis: The Panathenaic Festival in Ancient Athens, an expanded version of the catalog that accompanied an exhibition of seventy-one objects at the Hood Museum at Dartmouth College. Neils has written a brief piece describing the Panathenaia and its importance, in addition to her essay on Panathenaic amphorae. Other essays cover the development of Athena's iconography, and the competitions, athletic, poetic and musical that were part of the celebration. Katherine A. Schwab in Apollo hailed the book as a "splendid" work with "thoughtful and informative essays." A second volume on the Panathenaia festival, Worshipping Athena: Panathenaia and Parthenon, also elicited praise. Ian Jenkins wrote in the Times Literary Supplement that "No one has done more in recent years to enhance our knowledge of the Panathenaia than Jenifer Neils."

The Parthenon Frieze has been recognized as one of the finest books published to date on the frieze. "In its detail and its presentation," wrote John Boardman in the Times Literary Supplement, "it is as good as can be found." Bryn Mawr Classical Review contributor Mary Ann Eaverly expressed similar enthusiasm, deeming the book "persuasively argued" and "a joy to read."

AIA Lecturer/Host: Jenifer Neils

A professor of ancient art history and a classical archaeologist for thirty years, Archaeological Institute of America lecturer and host Jenifer Neils is an expert on the ancient Mediterranean. She holds the Elsie B. Smith Chair of Classics at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, and regularly teaches courses on the art and archaeology of the ancient world from the Bronze Age to Late Antiquity. She has been a visiting professor at the University of California at Berkeley and Johns Hopkins University. As a field archaeologist Professor Neils has participated in excavations in Etruria and Sicily, Italy, as well as in northern Greece, and has published material from both Etruscan and Greek sites. She has held fellowships at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, the American Academy in Rome, the J. Paul Getty Research Center, and the Paul Mellon Center for British Art at Yale.

As a museum curator Professor Neils has organized or co-organized two highly-acclaimed international loan exhibitions of Greek art, one dealing with the worship of Athena in Athens (“Goddess and Polis”), and a second on childhood in antiquity (“Coming of Age in Ancient Greece”). She has also written a dozen books ranging from the history of ceramics to the Parthenon. Her latest are The British Museum Concise Introduction to Ancient Greece and Women in the Ancient World, both for the British Museum. Professor Neils currently serves as the Chair of the Managing Committee of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. During the 2011-12 academic year she was the Joukowsky Lecturer for the AIA. An indefatigable traveler, Professor Neils has served as study leader for over a dozen trips to ancient sites throughout the Mediterranean and the Middle East.

Chair of Art History and Classics at Case Western Reserve University

Jenifer Neils fiancee Of J. H. McInerney Jr.

Henry Eugene Neils of Wayzata, Minn., and Bozeman, Mont., and Mrs. Henry Doerr of Minnetonka Beach, Minn., have announced the engagement of their daughter, Jenifer Neils, to James Harvey McInerney Jr. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. McInerney of Greenwich, Conn., and Wianrio, Mass.

The wedding is planned for Sept. 3.

Miss Neils is a doctoral candidate in the department of art history at Princeton University, where she has been named a Whiting Fellow. She graduated from the Northrop Collegiate School in Minneapolis and magna cum laude in 1972 from Bryn Mawr College. Miss Neils also studied at Sydney University in Australia. Her father is a real‐estate appraiser.

Mr. McInerney, an alumnus of the Iona School and Yale College, class of ❦, is with the American International Group in Wilmington, Del. He was formerly with the Philadelphia National Bank. His father retired recently as vice president of the National Distillers and Chemical Corporation and general manager of its liquor division.

The marriage of Martha Ann Oɼonnell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter F. Oɼonnell of New York and Southport, Conn., to Daulton Mann 3d took place yesterday in St. Aloysius Roman Catholic Church in New Canaan, Conn. Msgr. F. X. McGuire, the pastor, performed the ceremony.

The bride was attended by her sister, Pauline Peyton Oɼonnell. Seth Mann was his brother's best man.

Mrs. Mann was graduated from the Convent of the Sacred Heart, Noroton, Conn., and attended Colorado Women's College and the University of Denver. She was presented in 1965 at a tea dance at the River Club and at the Gotham Ball in New York. Her father is chairman of the finance committee of the Olin Corporation, the Squibb Corporation and Olinkraft, Inc.

Mr. Mann, son of Mr. Mann Jr. of Kentfield, Calif., and Mrs. Clift Cornwall Jr. of Charlotte, Vt., was graduated from Vermont Academy and the University of Vermont. His grandfather, the late Daulton Mann, was executive vice president of W. R. Grace & Company. His father is with the Johnson Sieamship Company in San Francisco.

Mr. and Mrs. Donald Jordan Donahue of Greenwich, Conn., have announced the engagement of their daughter, Mary Grace Donahue, to Robert Joseph Foley Jr., a son of Mr. and Mrs. Foley of Winnetka, Ill.

The wedding is planned for Aug. 20.

Miss Donahue, who is known as Macy, graduated from the School of the Holy Child in Old Westbury, L. I., and Georgetown University's School of Business Administration. She received a master's degree in finance from New York University, and is in the government bond department of Kidder Peabody & Company Inc. in New York.

Her father is vice chairman of the Continental Group Inc., in New York and her fiance's father is a restaurant investor in Chicago.

Mr. Foley, an alumnus of Loyola Academy in Wilmette, III., graduated cum laude from Georgetown's School of Foreign Service, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and from Georgetown's Law Center.

The First Presbyterian Church of New Canaan, Conn., was the setting yesterday afternoon for the marriage of Sarah Ann Scholtz, daughter of Mr. end Mrs. Frederick Henry Scholtz of Darien, to Robert Young Dewar Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Dewar of Valdosta, Ga.

The Rev. Jon M. Walton performed the ceremony and the Rev. Dr. William T. Greed Jr., of the First United Methodist Church of Cuthberg, Ga., and brother‐in‐law of the bridegroom, assisted.

Patricia A. Hofmann was the maid of honor. Mr. Dewar served as best man for his son.

The bride, a graduate of Converse College in Spartanburg, S.C., will begin teaching next fall in the Lowndes County school system in Valdosta. Her father is the managing director of the Morgan Stanley Company in New York.

Mr. Dewar is a graduate of Wofford” College in Spartanburg, and co‐owner of Dewar's Inc., antiques and accessories in Valdosta. His father is a lawyer in Valdosta.

History of BMCR

Bryn Mawr Classical Review (ISSN: 1055-7660) was founded by Richard Hamilton and James, J. O’Donnell, and purports to be the second oldest online scholarly journal in the humanities, and the oldest open access journal. * The first reviews shipped in November 1990. In 1993, we were joined by the Bryn Mawr Medieval Review (since 1997: The Medieval Review ), conceived by Eugene Vance of the University of Washington and now edited by Deborah Deliyannis at Indiana University (where it is based). Email subscribers may elect to receive BMCR alone or BMCR and TMR together ( subscription form here ).

The editors are grateful to numerous colleagues and institutions over the years of our work. Chiefly we owe a debt to our editorial board and to our myriad contributors, whose work is the center of what we do. Particular thanks to former editors: Ellen Bauerle, Barbara Barletta, Tad Brennan, Brendan Burke, Matthew Christ, Cynthia Damon, Mark Edwards, Joseph Farrell, Rolando Ferri, Sander Goldberg, Alain Gowing, Richard Green, Dan Hooley, Simon Hornblower, Brad Inwood, Ine Jacobs, David Johnson, Christina Kraus, Eleanor Winsor Leach, Peter Magee, Miranda Marvin, Jenifer Neils, Robert Ousterhout, David Potter, P. J. Rhodes, Kent Rigsby, Jeffrey Rusten, Stephen Salkever, David Sansone, Nancy Shumate, David Sider, William Slater, and John Yardley.

We began with a simple list-serving program at Bryn Mawr College and have used Bryn Mawr College computing facilities gratefully throughout our history. Ann Dixon was assistant director of computing at BMC in 1990 and was indispensable in getting us up and running. John Wilkin, now at the University of Illinois but formerly of the University of Virginia, was also indispensable at different points in our history, first for providing the gopher site and technical support when we began serious archiving in 1992, and later for advice and technical support on our transition to the web presentation seen here. We are also grateful to Kendon Stubbs of the University of Virginia Library for his support and assistance over many years. From 1994-1999, BMCR enjoyed the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation as part of a larger Mellon project to study the growth and functioning of electronic journals: Richard Ekman and Richard Quandt at Mellon were colleagues and friends through this period. The web presentation enjoyed the privileges of the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for the Computer Analysis of Texts and could not have been possible without the assistance of Penn’s Jay Treat, Ken MacFarlane, Warren Petrofsky, and Ira Winston. The web instantiation through early 2020 emerged from a partnership with “ The Stoa Consortium “, and in particular Anne Mahoney and Ross Scaife.

* BMCR was beaten to the punch by a matter of a few weeks in the fall of 1990 by Postmodern Culture, edited by John Unsworth and Eyal Amiran.

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