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The Resource Birth, death, and motherhood in Classical Greece, Nancy Demand

Birth, death, and motherhood in Classical Greece, Nancy Demand

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Birth, death, and motherhood in Classical Greece
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Birth, death, and motherhood in Classical Greece
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Nancy Demand
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Language
eng
Summary
Why did Greek society foster social conditions, especially early marriage with its attendant early childbearing, that were known to be dangerous for both mother and child? What were the actual causes of death among women described as dying of childbirth in the Hippocratic Epidemics? Why did families choose to portray labor scenes on tombstones when the Greek commemorative tradition otherwise avoided reference to suffering and illness? In Birth, Death, and Motherhood in Classical Greece, Nancy Demand offers the first comprehensive exploration of the social and cultural construction of childbirth in ancient Greece. Reading the ancient evidence in light of feminist theory, the Foucauldian notion of discursively constituted objects, medical anthropology, and anthropological studies of the modern Greek village, Demand discusses topics that include midwifery, abortion, attitudes of doctors toward women patients, and the treatment of women generally. For evidence, she relies primarily on the case histories in the Epidemics concerning women with complications in pregnancy, abortion, and childbirth. She also draws relevant details from cure records and dedications from healing sanctuaries, labor scenes depicted on tombstones, Aristophanic comedy, and Platonic philosophy
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Demand, Nancy H
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Ancient society and history
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Women
  • Women
  • Pregnancy
  • Childbirth
  • Feminist theory
  • Greece
  • Gynecology
  • Greek World
  • History, Ancient
  • Women's Health
  • Greece
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Birth, death, and motherhood in Classical Greece, Nancy Demand
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 239-267) and indexes
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. The Lives of Greek Women -- 2. Hippocratic Medicine and the Epidemics -- 3. The Treatment of Female Patients in the Epidemics -- 4. The Risks of Childbirth -- 5. Appeal to the Gods -- 6. Acculturation to Early Childbearing -- 7. The Attitudes of the Polis to Childbirth: Putting Women into the Grid -- 8. Women and Children: Issues of Control -- Appendix A: Cases in the Epidemics -- Appendix B: Cases Involving Pregnancy in the Epidemics -- Hippocratic Index Locorum
Control code
29255114
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xx, 276 pages
Isbn
9780801847622
Isbn Type
(hc : acid-free paper)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1614243
Label
Birth, death, and motherhood in Classical Greece, Nancy Demand
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 239-267) and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. The Lives of Greek Women -- 2. Hippocratic Medicine and the Epidemics -- 3. The Treatment of Female Patients in the Epidemics -- 4. The Risks of Childbirth -- 5. Appeal to the Gods -- 6. Acculturation to Early Childbearing -- 7. The Attitudes of the Polis to Childbirth: Putting Women into the Grid -- 8. Women and Children: Issues of Control -- Appendix A: Cases in the Epidemics -- Appendix B: Cases Involving Pregnancy in the Epidemics -- Hippocratic Index Locorum
Control code
29255114
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xx, 276 pages
Isbn
9780801847622
Isbn Type
(hc : acid-free paper)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1614243

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