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The Worth of Women: Wherein Is Clearly Revealed Their Nobility and Their Superiority to Men (The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe) (The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe: The Chicago Series)

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Gender equality and the responsibility of husbands and fathers: issues that loom large today had currency in Renaissance Venice as well, as evidenced by the publication in 1600 of The Worth of Women by Moderata Fonte.

Moderata Fonte was the pseudonym of Modesta Pozzo (1555–92), a Venetian woman who was something of an anomaly. Neither cloistered in a convent nor as liberat

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Published June 28th 1997 by University of Chicago Press (first published 1600)
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Oct 12, 2012 Shari rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another book from University of Chicago Press's Other Voice series, but this one is a bit different. I am not sure how much I can contribute this difference to the translator, Virginia Cox. This reads easier, not constrained by the dialogic tempo of the books I've read earlier in this series.

The seven women taking part in this dialogue are conversing easily with each other, with much humor and outspokenness. They have very definite personalities and this serves to reveal much about their societ
Jun 24, 2014 Rita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved reading this book. People have been saying again and again and again that feminism was born (no pun intended) in 60s and 70s of the last century, dismissing all writing of the nature that came before it. It's widely believed that women did not think of themselves as a separate class in society until then.
Well, have a look at this. And wonder what other such works are missing for lack or translation/publication.
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Jan 26, 2017 JP Beaty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This text was interesting in the beginning but the second part took a very strange turn to a fascinating look at scientific discourse in the 16th century. Gives you a very interesting look at a total view of a woman's intellectual life in the 16th century.
May 13, 2014 Kaylee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Three stars for the content of the book, five stars for the translation. The introductions (yes there's more than one) do a good job of discussing the historical context for the book without degenerating too much into scholar-ese. The copious footnotes are mostly of the useful sort. I think just about every reference to obscure Greek and Roman figures is explained in a concise, interesting way. The content is easily accessible to someone with just a passing interest in the subject.

The second da
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I doubt if I will ever read this...but the title I just love it. Makes it sound like a chicklit book.

Wait... a chicklit set in the 16th century? Where is that book?
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Moderata Fonte, pseudonym of Modesta Pozzo (1555-1592) was an Italian writer from Venice. Besides the posthumously-published dialogue, Il merito delle donne (The Worth of Women, 1600) for which she is best known, she wrote a romance and religious poetry.
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“Do you really believe ... that everything historians tell us about men – or about women – is actually true? You ought to consider the fact that these histories have been written by men, who never tell the truth except by accident.” 490 likes
“[M]en, though they know full well how much women are worth and how great the benefits we bring them, nonetheless seek to destroy us out of envy for our merits. It's just like the crow, when it produces white nestlings: it is so stricken by envy, knowing how black it is itself, that it kills its own offspring out of pique.” 84 likes
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