Maternal Conceptions in Classical Literature and Philosophy
Unlike many studies of the family in the ancient world, this volume presents readings of mothers in classical literature, including philosophical and epigraphic writing as well as poetic texts. Rather than relying on a male viewpoint, the essays offer a female perspective on the lifecycle of motherhood.
Although almost all ancient authors are men, this book nevertheless aims to unpack carefully the role of the mother – not as projected by the son or other male relations, but from a woman’s own experiences – in order to better understand how they perceived themselves and their families. Because the primary interest is in the mothers themselves, rather than the authors of the texts in which they appear, the work is organized according to the lifecycle of motherhood instead of the traditional structure of the chronology of male authors. The chronology of the male authors ranges from classical Greece to late antiquity, while the motherly lifecycle ranges from pre-conception to the commemoration of offspring who have died before their mothers.
- Series: Phoenix Supplementary Volumes
- Division: Scholarly Publishing
- World Rights
- Page Count: 400 pages
- Illustrations: 3
- Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
Author InformationAlison Sharrock is a professor in the Department of Classics, Ancient History, Archaeology, and Egyptology at the University of Manchester.
Alison Keith is a professor in the Departments of Classics and Women’s Studies and the director of the Jackman Humanities Institute at the University of Toronto.
Table of contents
Alison Keith, Mairéad McAuley, and Alison Sharrock
2. Uncanny Mothers in Roman Literature
Section 1: Mothers and Young Children
3. From Body to Behaviour: Maternal Transmission in the Ancient Greek World
4. Νωδυνία: l’Oubli des souffrances maternelles et le chant théocritéen
5. “Nimis mater”: Mother Plot and Epic Deviation in the Achilleid
6. Augustan Maternal Ideology: The Blended Families of Octavia and Venus
Section 2: Mothers and Their Children’s Marriages
7. Motherhood in Roman Epithalamia
8. The Roman Mother-in-Law
Section 3: Mothers and Adult Children
9. maximum Thebis (Romae?) scelus/maternus amor est (Oed. 629-30): Amour de la mère et inceste chez Sénèque
10. Mighty Mothers: Female Political Theorists in Euripides’ Suppliant Women and Phoenician Women
11. Wife, Mother, Philosopher: On the Symbolic Function of Augustine’s Monnica
Section 4: Mothers and the Death of Their Children
12. Virgilian Matres: From Maternal Lament to Female Sedition in the Aeneid
13. Octavia: A Roman Mother in Mourning
14. Mothers as Dedicators
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