The fact that during WWII the British bugged an entire country house where they held the high ranking officers POWs to listen in on their conversations instead of traditional interrogation just confirms every stereotype about the country.
And why the fuck wasn’t that in any of my classes? This is the shit that makes history interesting, not boring dates and impersonal recounting of fact.
Writing this hockey au is bringing back a LOT of memories, especially about hockey camp.
These are a selection of source books and scholarly works on the fascinating (and often overlooked) subject of women in antiquity:
Goddesses, Whores, Wives, and Slaves: Women in Classical Antiquity, by Sarah B. Pomeroy, an essential study of the lives of women in Greece and Rome. “The first treatment to reflect the critical insights of modern feminism.” — Mary Beard
"The pages of Snyder’s text are filled with stirring revelations about women’s achievements."—Susan C. Jarratt, Composition Chronicle
All titles link to the book’s Amazon page.
I’d like to add some more to this, because more information is always better. All book summaries are from amazon.com.
General reading (ancient Rome and Greece, or both)
- Pandora’s Daughters: The Role and Status of Women in Greek and Roman Antiquity, by
- Mary R. Lefkowitz. “This highly acclaimed collection provides a unique look into the public and private lives and legal status of Greek and Roman women of all social classes-from wet nurses, prostitutes, and gladiatrixes to poets, musicians, intellectuals, priestesses, and housewives.”
- Roman Women (Cambridge Introduction to Roman Civilization), by Eve D’Ambra. “While the book is intended to serve as an introduction, it provides detailed and concise information with avenues for more in-depth studies and will make an excellent textbook for any college course on women in Rome.” BMCR”
- Women in Ancient Greece: A Sourcebook (Continuum Sources in Ancient History), by Bonnie MacLachlan. “This volume is an essential resource supplying a compilation of source material in translation, with suggestions for further reading, a general bibliography, and an index of ancient authors and works. Texts come from literary, rhetorical, philosophical and legal sources, as well as papyri and inscriptions, and each text will be placed into the cultural mosaic to which it belongs.”
- Matrona Docta: Educated Women in the Roman Elite from Cornelia to Julia Domna, by Emily A. Hemelrijk. ”Matrona Docta presents a unique study of the education of upper-class women in Roman society in the central period of Roman history, from the second century BC to AD 235. Emily A. Hemelrijk reconstructs women’s opportunities to acquire an education, the impediments they faced, the level of education they could reach and the judgement on educated women in Roman society.”
- Spartan Women, by Sarah B. Pomeroy. “This is the first book-length examination of Spartan women, covering over a thousand years in the history of women from both the elite and lower classes. Classicist Sarah B. Pomeroy comprehensively analyzes ancient texts and archaeological evidence to construct the world of these elusive though much noticed females. Proceeding through the archaic, classical, Hellenistic, and Roman periods, Spartan Women includes discussions of education, family life, reproduction, religion, and athletics.”
- Contraception and Abortion from the Ancient World to the Renaissance, by John M. Riddle. ”John Riddle uncovers the obscure history of contraception and abortifacients from ancient Egypt to the seventeenth century with forays into Victorian England—a topic that until now has evaded the pens of able historians.”
- Great Women of Imperial Rome: Mothers and Wives of the Caesars, by
About Clodia Metellī specifically:
- Clodia: A Sourcebook, by Julia Dyson Hejduk. ”Noble and notorious, the flamboyant Clodia Metelli was the object of passion in poetry and prose in ancient Rome and appears in more written sources than any other woman of her day. Cicero, in a famous oration, branded her a whore yet in private correspondence mentions seeking her help. Her stormy affair with the poet Catullus—the Western world’s first recorded romance with a real and richly characterized woman—had a profound influence on erotic literature.”
About the Twelfth Century Renaissance specifically:
- Women of the Twelfth Century, Volume 1: Eleanor of Aquitaine and Six Others, by Georges Duby. ”In this volume, Georges Duby examines the lives of prominent twelfth-century French women as well as popular female literary figures of that time. Focusing on medieval notions of women and love, Duby looks for the ideological motivations for the representation of the female sex. He analyzes the ways in which women’s biographies were written and how female characters were treated in fable and legend, pointing to the social and political forces at work in these representations.”
Specific groups in academia:
- The Women’s Classical Caucus: ”Inaugurated in 1992 with an event hosted by the University of Cincinnati…these quadrennial scholarly gatherings are frequently also the venue where tensions emerging from the intersection of feminism and classical studies are first recognized, formulated, and debated.”
Girls get mocked for liking high heels and lipstick. Girls get mocked for liking sports. Girls get mocked for liking tea and books. Girls get mocked for liking comics books and video games. Girls get mocked for liking math and science. Girls get mocked for liking boys. Girls get mocked for liking girls. Girls get mocked for liking both. What the fuck are we supposed to like? Water? Air? Come on, tell me. I’m dying to know.