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Women in Power - by Stephanie A McCarter (Paperback)

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  • Classical stories about women who wield power, from the Amazons to Dido to CleopatraA Penguin Classic There is no other anthology that brings together similar stories of ancient women in power.
  • About the Author: Stephanie McCarter (translator) is a professor of classical literature at the University of the South in Sewanee.
  • 352 Pages
  • Literary Collections, Ancient & Classical

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"There is no other anthology that brings together similar stories of ancient women in power. These women threaten male power by stepping into the roles traditionally held by men. They command armies, exercise sexual autonomy and even dominance, speak in public, issue laws, and subject others (even masculine heroes and citizen men) to their control. All of these stories were written by men, and none of them can be read as affirmations or celebrations of women in power. They are instead misogynistic tales that aim to shore up masculine authority by exposing the consequences when women rather than men wield it. The sexist attitudes voiced in these stories continue to justify women's exclusion from power in our contemporary world. Yet, despite the fear and suspicion the male authors direct toward these women, we can find much to admire in their tales, from the coordinated action of the women of Aristophanes' Assemblywomen, to Dido's questioning of the male value system that leads Aeneas to abandon her, to the righteous anger of Boudicca against sexual violence by men in power, to the successful resistance of Amanirenas against Rome's colonial expansion. Read differently, these tales testify to the long history of women in power and help us forge new paths for female empowerment"--



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Classical stories about women who wield power, from the Amazons to Dido to Cleopatra
A Penguin Classic

There is no other anthology that brings together similar stories of ancient women in power. These women threaten male power by stepping into the roles traditionally held by men. They command armies, exercise sexual autonomy and even dominance, speak in public, issue laws, and subject others (even masculine heroes and citizen men) to their control. All of these stories were written by men, and none of them can be read as affirmations or celebrations of women in power. They are instead misogynistic tales that aim to shore up masculine authority by exposing the consequences when women rather than men wield it.

The sexist attitudes voiced in these stories continue to justify women's exclusion from power in our contemporary world. Yet despite the fear and suspicion the male authors direct toward these women, we can find much to admire in their tales, from the coordinated action of the women of Aristophanes's Assemblywomen, to Dido's questioning of the male value system that leads Aeneas to abandon her, to the righteous anger of Boudicca against sexual violence by men in power, to the successful resistance of Amanirenas against Rome's colonial expansion. Read differently, these tales testify to the long history of women in power and help us forge new paths for female empowerment.



About the Author



Stephanie McCarter (translator) is a professor of classical literature at the University of the South in Sewanee. She has published translated work on Horace and has written for The Sewanee Review, Eidolon, Electric Literature, and The Millions.
Dimensions (Overall): 7.75 Inches (H) x 5.06 Inches (W) x .56 Inches (D)
Weight: .81 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 352
Genre: Literary Collections
Sub-Genre: Ancient & Classical
Publisher: Penguin Group
Format: Paperback
Author: Stephanie A McCarter
Language: English
Street Date: September 10, 2024
TCIN: 90641939
UPC: 9780143136361
Item Number (DPCI): 247-37-0463
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
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