Envy, poison, and death : women on trial in ancient Athens by Esther Eidinow

By Esther Eidinow

This quantity explores 3 trials performed in Athens within the fourth century BCE; the defendants have been all ladies charged with project ritual actions, yet a lot of the facts continues to be a secret. the writer unearths how those trials supply a bright glimpse of the socio-political surroundings of Athens in this time.

summary: This quantity explores 3 trials performed in Athens within the fourth century BCE; the defendants have been all ladies charged with venture ritual actions, yet a lot of the proof continues to be a secret. the writer unearths how those trials supply a brilliant glimpse of the socio-political setting of Athens in this time

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Murray 1936. 36 Demosthenes’ phrasing does not make it certain that Menecles had already charged Ninon by the time that Boeotus met him, but it is certainly possible from what he says, since the implication is that Boeotus was establishing connections with some disreputable characters. If this is the case, then the trial of Ninon could well have taken place before 358 BCE. 37 If Boeotus demanded to be registered in the deme Thorikos after his brother had been registered, then that must have been soon after 362 BCE.

The extract describes how Phryne stood before the Heliaia on a capital charge, ‘said to have corrupted all the citizens’, but pleaded in tears with the judges, and so saved herself. 55 It suggests that this memorable incident, far from providing a historical report, was developed sometime after 290 BCE. Scholars have 51 52 53 Tr. Olson 2010. See Naiden 2006: 102. Ath. 591f. As Cooper (1995: 305–6) notes: see Cantarelli 1885: 465–82; Semenov 1935: 271–9; Foucart 1902: 216–18; Raubitschek 1941: 893–907; Kowalski 1947: 50–62; to which we can add Versnel (1990: 118), who refers to the ‘unconventional methods of her counsel’ and does not question it.

30–3) Parthenion, Hesychia, Erotis, Aitherion; see discussion in Ascough (2003: 55), who notes that these women were not identified with reference to fathers or husbands. 70 Dem. 259ff. 199 for Glaucothea; for the image of women and men celebrating what appears to be worship in honour of Cybele on the Ferrara krater (dated 440–430 BCE), see Dillon 2002: 160–1. Parker (2005a: 326 n. 126) doubts the arguments from iconography put forward by Moraw (1998: 199–200, 259) that mixed private thiasoi developed in the fifth century; however, these show Dionysiac revels involving satyrs and maenads.

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