Daughters of Hecate: Women and Magic in the Ancient World by Kimberly B. Stratton,Dayna S. Kalleres

By Kimberly B. Stratton,Dayna S. Kalleres

Daughters of Hecate unites for the 1st time learn at the challenge of gender and magic in 3 historical Mediterranean societies: early Judaism, Christianity, and Graeco-Roman tradition. The e-book illuminates the gendering of historical magic through impending the subject from 3 particular disciplinary views: literary stereotyping, the social program of magic discourse, and fabric culture.

The authors probe the principles of, techniques, and motivations in the back of gendered stereotypes, starting with Western culture's earliest institutions of ladies and magic within the Bible and Homer's Odyssey. Daughters of Hecate offers a nuanced exploration of the subject whereas warding off reductive techniques. actually, the essays during this quantity discover complexities and counter-discourses that problem, instead of reaffirm, many gendered stereotypes taken with no consideration and reified by means of most recent scholarship.

By combining severe theoretical equipment with learn into literary and fabric facts, Daughters of Hecate interrogates a fake organization that has continued from antiquity, to early smooth witch hunts, to the current day.

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