Great Books Series: 'Goddesses, Whores, Wives, and Slaves'

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, September 6, 2017
Collaboration Center (OCB 100)
Community, Campus Life, Conferences & Lectures

First in the ongoing series sponsored by the JCCC English/Journalism Department.

As the first presenter in this year's "Great Books" series, Allison Smith, professor and chair of Art History, will discuss Sarah Pomeroy’s "Goddesses, Whores, Wives, and Slaves," a comprehensive study of women’s roles in ancient society. Students, faculty, staff and the general public are invited to attend.

Smith's presentation will delve into the lives of women from the Greek Dark Ages to the death of Constantine. Pomeroy accessed primary documents to address many topics on life for women, including:

  • Property rights
  • Marriage laws
  • Women’s ability to engage in male-dominated society

 The results of Pomeroy's study are sometimes rather surprising! Understanding the roles of women in early democracies sheds light on women’s roles in contemporary society.