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Author Chrystal, Paul, author.

Title Women at war in the classical world / Paul Chrystal.

Publication Info. Barnsley, South Yorkshire : Pen & Sword Military, 2017.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    355.0082 CHR    Available
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Description xxi, 249 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 226-243) and indexes.
Summary Paul Chrystal has written the first full length study of women and warfare in the Graeco Roman world. Although the conduct of war was generally monopolized by men, there were plenty of exceptions with women directly involved in its direction and even as combatants, Artemisia, Olympias, Cleopatra and Agrippina the Elder being famous examples. And both Greeks and Romans encountered women among their 'barbarian' enemies, such as Tomyris, Boudicca and Zenobia. More commonly, of course, women were directly affected by war as non-combatant victims, of rape and enslavement as spoils of war and this makes up an important strand of the author's discussion. The portrayal of female warriors and goddesses in classical mythology and literature, and the use of war to justify gender roles and hierarchies, are also considered. Overall it is a landmark survey of how war in the Classical world affected and was affected by women.
Contents Machine generated contents note: pt. One Greece -- 1. Goddesses and War in Greek Mythology -- 2. Warlike Women in Homer -- 3. Teichoskopeia: A Woman's View from the Walls -- 4. The Amazons -- 5. Women and War in Greek Tragedy -- 6. Women and War in Greek Comedy -- 7. Women and War in Greek History and Philosophy -- 8. Women Warriors Catalogued -- 9. Spartan Women: Vital Cogs in a Well-Oiled War Machine -- 10. Macedonian Women at War: Pawns and Power-Players -- pt. Two Women as Victims of War -- 11. War Rape and Other Atrocities in the Classical World -- pt. Three Rome -- 12. Military Women in Roman Legend -- 13. Military Women in Roman History -- 14. Foreign Women Fighters -- 15. Women and War in Roman Epic -- 16. Women and War and Militia Amoris -- 17. Military Tendencies in Women in Seneca's Troades -- pt. Four Warrior Women in the Arts and Entertainment -- 18. Military Women in the Visual Arts -- 19. Women as Gladiators.
Subject Women and war -- History.
Women and the military.
Military history, Ancient.
ISBN 1473856604 (hardback)
9781473856608 (hardback)

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