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Motherhood in Antiquity

Editors: Cooper, Dana, Phelan, Claire (Eds.)

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  • Covers a wide geographic range from Byzantium to Mesoamerica to India
  • Utilizes a wide range of methodologies and analytical approaches
  • Includes contributions from experts in women's history
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This edited collection examines concepts and realities of motherhood in the ancient world. The collection uses essays on the Roman Empire, Mesoamerica, the Philippines, Egypt, and India to emphasize the concept of motherhood as a worldwide phenomenon and experience. While covering a wide geographical range, the editors arranged the collection thematically to explore themes including the relationship between the mother, particularly ruling mothers, and children and the mother in real life and legend. Some essays explore related issues, such as adaptation and child custody after divorce in ancient Egypt and the mother in religious culture of late antiquity and the ancient Buddhist Indian world. The contributors utilize a variety of methodologies and approaches including textual analysis and archaeological analysis in addition to traditional historical methodology.

About the authors

Dana Cooper is Professor of History at Stephen F. Austin State University, USA. 

Claire Phelan is an Associate Professor at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, USA. She regularly teaches courses on women's history and presents on issues relating to gender at professional conferences.






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“This is a fascinating and much-needed contribution to the study of motherhood, with remarkable interdisciplinary and international appeal. The broad geographical scope of these essays, from Mesoamerica and Egypt to India, is an excellent corrective to the usual focus on European mothers. Motherhood in Antiquity is an important step towards viewing motherhood as a global phenomenon.” (Katarzyna Kosior, University of Southampton)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-5

    Cooper, Dana (et al.)

  • “I Arose a Mother in Israel”: Motherhood as a Liberating Power in the Biblical Stories of Miriam and Deborah

    Pages 9-27

    Lederman-Daniely, Dvora

  • Models of Devotion?: The Rhetoric of Ambivalence and Admonition in Late Antique and Early Christian Discourse on Women and Motherhood

    Pages 29-53

    Greeley, June-Ann

  • Motherhood in the Ancient Indian Buddhist World: A Soteriological Path

    Pages 55-76

    Engelmajer, Pascale

  • Mother Knows Best: Motherhood and Succession in the Seleucid Realm

    Pages 79-106

    McAuley, Alex

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Hardcover $109.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Motherhood in Antiquity
Editors
  • Dana Cooper
  • Claire Phelan
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-48902-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-48902-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-48901-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-84042-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 267
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 12 illustrations in colour
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