Sarah B. Pomeroy



Sarah B. Pomeroy (born 13 March 1938) is an American ancient historian, author, translator, and former professor of classics. She is best known for her work on women's history in classical antiquity.

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Goddesses, Whores, Wives an...

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Ancient Greece: A Political...

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Spartan Women

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The Murder of Regilla: A Ca...

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Maria Sibylla Merian: Artis...

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Women in Hellenistic Egypt:...

3.74 avg rating — 19 ratings — published 1984 — 3 editions
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Women's History and Ancient...

3.89 avg rating — 18 ratings — published 1991 — 4 editions
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Families in Classical & Hel...

3.85 avg rating — 13 ratings — published 1997 — 3 editions
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Pythagorean Women: Their Hi...

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“It is no surprise that the only woman in antiquity who could be the subject of a full-length biography is Cleopatra. Yet, unlike Alexander, whom she rivals as the theme of romance and legend, Cleopatra is known to us through overwhelmingly hostile sources. The reward of the ‘good’ woman in Rome was likely to be praise in stereotyped phrases; in Athens she won oblivion.”
Sarah B. Pomeroy, Goddesses, Whores, Wives and Slaves: Women in Classical Antiquity

“Misogyny was born of fear of women.”
Sarah B. Pomeroy, Goddesses, Whores, Wives and Slaves: Women in Classical Antiquity

“In her relationships with humans, Artemis is primarily concerned with females, especially the physical aspects of their life cycle, including menstruation, childbirth, and death, however contradictory the association of these with a virgin may appear. (She is also cited as the reason for the termination of female life: when swift death came to a woman, she was said to have been short by Artemis.) The Artemis of classical Greece probably evolved from the concept of a primitive mother goddess, and both she and her sister Athena were considered virgins because they had never submitted to a monogamous marriage. Rather, as befits mother goddesses, they had enjoyed many consorts. Their failure to marry, however, was misinterpreted as virginity by succeeding generations of men who connected loss of virginity only with conventional marriage. Either way, as mother goddess or virgin, Artemis retains control over herself; her lack of permanent connection to a male figure in a monogamous relationship is the keystone of her independence.”
Sarah B. Pomeroy, Goddesses, Whores, Wives and Slaves: Women in Classical Antiquity

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