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Spartan Women

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  81 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Sparta, which existed from 800 B.C. until A.D. 200, was renowned in the ancient world as a stoic and martial city-state, and most of what we know about Sparta concerns its military history and male-dominated social structure. Yet Spartan women were in many ways among the most liberated of the ancient world, receiving formal instruction in poetry, music, dance, and physical ...more
Hardcover, 216 pages
Published July 11th 2002 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published January 1st 2002)
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Aug 21, 2016 Georgene rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
I started out liking the premise of this book. A book on the women of Sparta! What is not to like if you're a bit of an ancient history buff.

Then as I was reading it, I noticed many, many footnotes with the author's name on them. Although Pomeroy has a a 12 page list of works cited, the ones she uses quite a lot (I really can't say most) are from articles she herself has written. This is supposed to convince me that this is a scholarly work?

To be perfectly fair, I must note that there are not
Feb 19, 2017 Luthien rated it it was amazing
Was a very informative book on the lives of Spartiate women in classical Greece. I used it as my main secondary source on a college research project. However, I feel that it could have provided a little more information on Sparta during the Roman period.
May 24, 2013 Martine rated it it was ok
There are clearly but few sources about Spartan women. Judging by this work, too few to justify a whole book dedicated to the subject. When you add to that Pomeroy's tendency to overemphasize dramatic information, this work is not an asset to modern scolarship. For instance, the practice of wife-sharing or husband-doubling is so contrary to what we know from the rest of Greece at this time and of history in general that it should be discussed with a highly critical view, but instead she repeats ...more
Lyc Davis
May 07, 2014 Lyc Davis rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: students, history nerds
Recommended to Lyc by: Professor Stylianos Spyridakis
Shelves: classics-studies
Researching the lives of Spartan women can be a difficult task at best, with most (if not all) of the historical sources coming from not just outside observers of Spartan culture but from men who would have little to no understanding of the intimate lives of women in their own social circles (let alone in a city-state they're often so at odds with). However, Sarah B. Pomeroy's meticulous research and careful pulling together of multiple sources of historical and archaeological evidence has creat ...more
Mathew Powers
This is not my field, but I understand why Pomeroy is so well known and respected. This book is, in my view, extremely well done and highly informative. If I could understand sources from antiquity better, I'd give it 5 stars. I just am never sure about methodology during this time period. But, from what I can tell -- it's flawless! :)
Oct 14, 2012 Sandy rated it really liked it
I've always felt akin to that people and times. People have a funny idea of what life was like many many centuries ago but people have the same wants, desires, fears and tragedies and triumphs. A spare life does not mean an unfulfilled life. And one gets a taste of that and especially from a female perspective. They were afforded many "luxuries" we do not have this day.
Feb 17, 2012 Daniel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good job. Thoroughly researched for a field with so few records. A bit dry at times, but that is in the nature of the subject and its sources. Very good overall.
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