Women's Laments and Greek Literature
By (author) Gail Holst-Warhaft
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Dangerous Voices by Gail Holst-Warhaft
Book DescriptionIn Dangerous Voices Holst-Warhaft investigates the power and meaning of the ancient lament, especially women's mourning of the dead, and sets out to discover why legislation was introduced to curb these laments in antiquity. An investigation of laments ranging from New Guinea to Greece suggests that this essentially female art form gave women considerable power over the rituals of death. The threat they posed to the Greek state caused them to be appropriated by male writers including the tragedians. Holst-Warhaft argues that the loss of the traditional lament in Greece and other countries not only deprives women of their traditional control over the rituals of death but leaves all mourners impoverished.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415121651
(216mm x 138mm x 18mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 15-Jun-1995
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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In ancient Greece, from the 6th century, legislation was introduced which was aimed at the restriction of mourning of the dead, particularly women's laments. This book investigates the threat which such mourning posed to the society and the way in which the State attempted to subvert laments.
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