Birth, Death, and Motherhood in Classical Greece (Ancient by Nancy Demand

By Nancy Demand

Why did Greek society foster social stipulations, in particular early marriage with its attendant early childbearing, that have been identified to be harmful for either mom and baby? What have been the particular explanations of dying between girls defined as loss of life of childbirth within the Hippocratic Epidemics? Why did households decide to painting exertions scenes on tombstones while the Greek commemorative culture another way refrained from connection with agony and ailment? In Birth, dying, and Motherhood in Classical Greece, Nancy call for bargains the 1st entire exploration of the social and cultural development of childbirth in old Greece.

Reading the traditional proof in mild of feminist conception, the Foucauldian idea of discursively constituted items, clinical anthropology, and anthropological stories of the fashionable Greek village, call for discusses subject matters that come with midwifery, abortion, attitudes of medical professionals towards ladies sufferers, and the therapy of girls in most cases. For proof, she is predicated totally on the case histories within the Epidemics bearing on girls with issues in being pregnant, abortion, and childbirth. She additionally attracts appropriate info from medication documents and dedications from therapeutic sanctuaries, hard work scenes depicted on tombstones, Aristophanic comedy, andPlatonic philosophy.

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