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History of Women in the West, Volume I: From Ancient Goddesses to Christian Saints

History of Women in the West, Volume I: From Ancient Goddesses to Christian Saints

Edited by Pauline Schmitt Pantel
Translated by Arthur Goldhammer

ISBN 9780674403697

Publication date: 03/15/1994

Informed by the work of seventy-five distinguished historians, this five-volume series sets before us an engaging, panoramic chronicle that extends from antiquity to the present day.

The inaugural volume brings women from the margins of ancient history into the fore. It offers fresh insight into more than twenty centuries of Greek and Roman history and encompasses a landscape that stretches from the North Sea to the Mediterranean and from the Pillars of Hercules to the banks of the Indus. The authors draw upon a wide range of sources including gravestones, floor plans, papyrus rolls, vase paintings, and literary works to illustrate how representations of women evolved during this age. They journey into the minds of men and bring to light an imaginative history of women and of the relations between the sexes.


  • A series of carefully interrelated essays that form the first volume of a five-part encyclopedic history of women… [This work] marks the rapid development over the past twenty years in the study of women in the ancient world.

    —Mary Beard, Times Literary Supplement


  • Georges Duby, a member of the Académie Française, is Professor of Medieval History at the Collège de France.
  • Michelle Perrot is Professor of Contemporary History at the Université de Paris VII.

Book Details

  • 600 pages
  • 6-1/4 x 9-1/4 inches
  • Belknap Press
  • Series edited by Georges Duby and Michelle Perrot