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Contents Note on the Text Acknowledgements Introduction: Scope Theory Terms Chapter One: Working Towards a Material Presence Crises of the oikos A ritual year Sacrifice and dedication The works of women The priestess The economics of ritual practice Chapter Two: Ritual Management of Desire: the reproduction of sexuality The chorus The Arrhephoria The Arkteia The kanephoros The wedding The Spartans The ideology of adult women The Thesmophoria The Adonia The Haloa The other women: the virgin the postsexual woman the adulteress the prostitute Chapter Three: In and Out of the City: imaginary citizens Imaginary interventions? Choosing women Athenian intersections Honouring women Saving the city Cities of women: Arrhephoria and Arkteia Thesmophoria Adonis and Dionysos The Pythia Chapter Four: Representing Women: ritual as a cultural resource Women writing Women reading The authority of possession Chapter Five: Women Represented: ritual in drama Conflict studies: Seven Against Thebes Suppliants The Oresteia Antigone Medea Women of Thebes and of Athens: Theban women Suppliant Women Erechtheus Ion Priestess and Prophetess: Oresteia Ion Helen Trojan Women Iphigeneia among the Taurians Three Last Plays: Bakchai Iphigeneia at Aulis Oedipus at Colonus Comic exaggeration: Lysistrata Women at the Thesmophoria Women in the Assembly
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Greek literature History and criticism, Rites and ceremonies in literature, Religion and literature Greece, Women Religious life Greece, Women and literature Greece, Rites and ceremonies Greece, Religion in literature, Women in literature, Women Greece