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The Mirror of Antiquity

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In The Mirror of Antiquity, Caroline Winterer uncovers the lost world of American women's classicism during its glory days from the eighteenth through the nineteenth centuries. Overturning the widely held belief that classical learning and political ideals were relevant only to men, she follows the lives of four generations of American women through their diaries, letters, ...more
Hardcover, 242 pages
Published October 29th 2009 by Cornell University Press (first published June 2007)
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Jennie
Aug 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
Pros: This book covers a topic that not very many people talk about on the regular. We're all usually so wrapped up in the men of this period, or entranced by women who are exciting and dramatic and sexy. Now, some of these women are exciting and dramatic and sexy, but many of them are not, and I think it's fascinating how learn all different types of women would use the classical idiom to express themselves for a wide variety of purposes.

This book is also comparatively readable. Classicists
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Erica
Nov 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another fun and thoughtful book, if still utterly academic, by Winterer. I wish I had read it before embarking on my dissertation--there are things I would have figured out far earlier about the quality of classicism and the obsession with grapes in women's lives in early America, had I known about it earlier. Especially loved Ch 4, Grecian Luxury, 1800-1830. Great material culture reading of Grecian Robes (Empire/Umpire Waist dresses) and Greek "Sophas" in early America. Unfortunately, she cops ...more
Lauren
Oct 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This book offers an incredible, detailed discussion of how elite 18th and 19th century women incorporated classical learning and Greek and Roman mythology into their understanding of their place in the early American republic. I'm totally blown away and I'm not even halfway through it.
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