Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Happy International Women's Day!

If you're interested in finding out about female authors in antiquity (or just want to be able to name one other than Sappho!) then this post from last August would be a good place to start.

If you'd prefer something a little more recent, then 'Women classical scholars : unsealing the fountain from the Renaissance to Jacqueline de Romilly' (edited by Rosie Wyles and Edith Hall) has just come off the New Books Shelf, so you could borrow it for a whole two months and read some of the fascinating stories about our scholarly foremothers.

To read an interview with Edith Hall about some of the trials overcome to get this book published, click here.

Alternatively, if you'd like something to add to your own bookcases at home, there should be plenty on our Sales Shelf to tempt you. A few choices specifically about women:

Welch, T.S (2015), Tarpeia: Workings of a Roman Myth
In this book Tara Welch considers how the myth of Tarpeia (who, in legend, betrayed Romulus' city to the Sabines) was used by ancient thinkers as a lens through which to consider matters such as ethics, gender, conquest, and, ultimately, what it meant to be Roman.

Potter, D. (2015), Theodora: Actress, Empress, Saint
David Potter charts Theodora's rise from actress, to secret agent, to the wife of Emperor Justinian, merging ancient sources with the latest research to provide a well-rounded narrative of her controversial life.

Euripides. Blessington, F. (trans.) (2015), Trojan Women, Helen, Hecuba: Three Plays about Women and the Trojan War
A verse translation by Francis Blessington (with introduction and notes) of these three plays about women affected by the Trojan War.

Happy reading!

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