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Ancient Marriage in Myth and Reality

Editor(s): Lena Larsson Lovén, Agneta Strömberg
Contributors: Pauline Schmidt, Marjatta Nielsen, Ray Laurence, Leua Larsson Loven, Katariina Mustarallio, Helene Witttaker,

Book Description

The papers in this volume were among the contributions presented at an international symposium, Ancient Marriage in Myth and Reality, which was held at the Swedish Institute in Rome in October 2006. The symposium was held under the aegis of ARACHNE—the Nordic network for women’s history and gender studies in Antiquity.

The study of ancient marriage has been largely the province of historians working with texts, and the result of this was an emphasis on elite marriages discussed by the male writers of the upper classes and on laws pertaining to marriage. Neither area has been exhausted, as several essays in this new international collection indicate, but the balance among the papers reveals the shift in focus. Along with innovative readings of authors from Livy to Porphyry, we find examinations of demographic and contractual evidence as well as inscriptions and visual imagery. Among the contributors to the volume are: Pauline Schmitt Pantel, Judith Evans Grubbs, Ray Laurence, Marjatta Nielsen and Mary Harlow.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-2261-9
ISBN-10: 1-4438-2261-2
Date of Publication: 01/08/2010
Pages / Size: 225 / A5
Price: £39.99


The editors of this volume, Lena Larsson Lovén and Agneta Strömberg, were responsible for organising the symposium on Ancient Marriage. They are also the founders of the network ARACHNE and both are at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Lena Larsson Lovén is Research Fellow in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History at the Institute of Historical studies, University of Gothenburg. Her research interests include gender, the Roman family, and dress and identity in the Roman emprie. She is currently a member of the European research project DressID: Clothing and Indentities—New Perspectives on Textiles in the Roman Empire.

Agneta Strömberg is Lecturer in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History at the Institute of Historical studies, University of Gothenburg. She specalizes in Ancient Greece and her research interestes include Greek archaeology, gender, visual culture in Classical Athens, and family history.