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Ancient Greece is an example of one of the more extreme patriarchal civilizations in history, where misogyny was normalized by the social elite. “Respectable” women were sequestered and compelled to follow strict dress codes in public. And yet, there were significant cultural forces which ran against the grain. Legendary examples of free and independent women (like the famous Amazons) served as a counterpoint to these social norms. New exotic religious movements of the Hellenistic period (including early Christianity) challenged conventional Greek gender norms. What emerged was a hyper-conservative mode of gender performance situated in opposition to an egalitarian mode of gender performance. This presentation will examine these dueling social trends in Late Antiquity, and connect threads to modern gender egalitarian social movements.
Presented by Joseph A.P. Wilson PhD, lecturer, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Fairfield University