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Undergraduate Course: Women in the Ancient Greek World (ANHI10038)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course will explore the male construction of the gendered image in Greek art and literature and place the findings alongside evidence for women's daily life and experiences. Students will be exposed to various conceptions of gender theory and the study of ancient women and will evaluate how to use male-dominated evidence to 'read' women's lives and experiences in antiquity.
Course description This course explores the ideology and reality of women's lives the Greek world from the Homeric period to the Hellenistic age. It will explore the literary and artistic constructions of women in Greek poetry, drama, vase-painting and sculpture, in other words the gendered constructions of the female, and set them alongside sources which give evidence for women's actual experiences - medical texts, legal documents, archaeological findings. The course will study women from different social classes and poleis within Greece; students will explore the institutions of queenship, female priesthoods, prostitution, and slavery. In addition to this the course will also look at Greek constructions of 'barbarian' women, such as Amazon warriors and Persian queens. Students will be required to work with primary materials, both text and image, and to integrate their work in the contemporary scholarship. Students will also become aware of the recent historiography of women and gender in antiquity and contextualize the ancient world in a broader gendered context.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Students MUST have passed 2 of the following 2nd year Classics courses: Ancient History 2a: Past and Present in the Ancient World (ANHI08014), Ancient History 2b: Themes and Theories in Ancient History (ANHI08013), Classical Literature 2: Greek and Roman Epic (CLTR08008.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should usually have at least 3 courses in Classics related subject matter (at least 2 of which should be in Classical Literature) at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this) for entry to this course. We will only consider University/College level courses.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, command of the body of knowledge considered in the course;
  2. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to read, analyse and reflect critically upon relevant scholarship;
  3. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to understand, evaluate and utilise a variety of primary source material;
  4. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, the ability to develop and sustain scholarly arguments in oral and written form, by formulating appropriate questions and utilising relevant evidence;
  5. demonstrate independence of mind and initiative; intellectual integrity and maturity; an ability to evaluate the work of others, including peers.
Reading List
Blundell, S. (1998) Women in Classical Athens. London, Bristol Classical Press.

Brulé, P. (2003) Women of Ancient Greece. Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press.

Carney, E.D. (2000) Women and Monarchy in Macedonia. Norman, Uni of Oklahoma Press.

Connelly, J.B. (2007) Portrait of a Priestess. Women and Ritual in Ancient Greece. Princeton, Princeton Uni Press.

Davidson, J. (1997) Courtesans and Fishcakes. The Consuming Passions of Ancient Athens. London, Harper Collins.

Fantham, E. et al (1994) Women in the Classical World: image and text. Oxford, Oxford University Press.

King, H. (1998) Hippocrates' Woman: reading the female body in ancient Greece. London, Routledge.

Lewis, S. (2002) The Athenian Woman. An Iconographic Handbook. London, Routledge.

Llewellyn-Jones, L. ed. (2002) Women's Dress in the Ancient Greek World. London, Duckworth/Classical Press of Wales.

Llewellyn-Jones, L. (2003) Aphrodite's Tortoise: The veiled woman of ancient Greece. Swansea, Classical Press of Wales.

Rabinowitz, N.S. & Auanger, L. (eds) (2002) Among Women. From the Homosocial to the Homoerotic in the Ancient World. Austin, Uni of California Press.

Reeder, E.D. (1995) Pandora: women in classical Greece. Baltimore, Md., Trustees of the Walters Art Gallery in association with Princeton University Press, Princeton.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsWomen Ancient Greece
Course organiserDr Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones
Tel: (0131 6)50 3585
Course secretaryMs Elaine Hutchison
Tel: (0131 6)50 3582
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