Girls and Women in Classical Greek Religion by Matthew Dillon

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It has often been thought that participation in fertility rituals was women's most important religious activity in classical Greece. Matthew Dillon's wide-ranging study makes it clear that women engaged in numerous other rites and cults, and that their role in Greek religion was actually more important than that of men. Women invoked the gods' help in becoming pregnant, venerated the god of wine, worshipped new and exotic deities, used magic for both erotic and pain-relieving purposes, and far more besides.
Clear and comprehensive, this volume challenges many stereotypes of Greek women and offers unexpected insights into their experience of religion. With more than fifty illustrations, and translated extracts from contemporary texts, this is an essential resource for the study of women and religion in classical Greece.

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Matt Dillon is a registered architect with more than 20 years of experience using, teaching, and consulting on AutodeskAs architectural products. He is currently Vice President of Technical Services for an Autodesk reseller and Authorized Training Center, spending much of his time helping customers throughout the U.S. implement Architectural Desktop. Matt is also a regular, top-rated instructor at Autodesk University, who, like Paul, has trained hundreds of architectural professionals in Architectural Desktop. Garland is a lecturer in Classics and Ancient History at the University of New England, New South Wales.
Published September 2, 2003 by Routledge. 448 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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