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The Resource Envy, poison, and death : women on trial in classical Athens, Esther Eidinow

Envy, poison, and death : women on trial in classical Athens, Esther Eidinow

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Envy, poison, and death : women on trial in classical Athens
Title
Envy, poison, and death
Title remainder
women on trial in classical Athens
Statement of responsibility
Esther Eidinow
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
At the heart of this volume are three trials held in Athens in the fourth century BCE. The defendants were all women and in each case the charges involved a combination of ritual activities. Two were condemned to death. Because of the brevity of the ancient sources, and their lack of agreement, the precise charges are unclear, and the reasons for taking these women to court remain mysterious. 'Envy, Poison, and Death' takes the complexity and confusion of the evidence not as a riddle to be solved, but as revealing multiple social dynamics. It explores the changing factors - material, ideological, and psychological - that may have provoked these events. It focuses in particular on the dual role of envy (phthonos) and gossip as processes by which communities identified people and activities that were dangerous, and examines how and why those local, even individual, dynamics may have come to shape official civic decisions during a time of perceived hardship.At first sight so puzzling, these trials reveal a vivid picture of the socio-political environment of Athens during the early-mid fourth century BCE, including responses to changes in women's status and behaviour, and attitudes to ritual activities within the city. The volume reveals some of the characters, events, and even emotions that would help to shape an emergent concept of magic: it suggests that the boundary of acceptable behaviour was shifting, not only within the legal arena but also through the active involvement of society beyond the courts
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NLE
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1970-
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Eidinow, Esther
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Law, Greek
  • Courts
  • Female offenders
  • Women
  • Ritual
  • Athens (Greece)
  • Athens (Greece)
  • Civilization
  • Courts
  • Female offenders
  • Law, Greek
  • Politics and government
  • Ritual
  • Women
  • Greece
Label
Envy, poison, and death : women on trial in classical Athens, Esther Eidinow
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 337-379) and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
23 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xii, 421 pages
Isbn
9780199562602
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2015937262
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)935675165
Label
Envy, poison, and death : women on trial in classical Athens, Esther Eidinow
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 337-379) and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
23 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xii, 421 pages
Isbn
9780199562602
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2015937262
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)935675165

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