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Woman and the Lyre

Woman and the Lyre

Women Writers in Classical Greece and Rome

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Jane McIntosh Snyder


Paperback (Other formats: E-book)
216 pages, 5.5 x 8.5, 2 illustrations

Ad Feminam


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Beginning with Sappho in the seventh century B.C.E and ending with Egeria in the fifth century C.E., Snyder profiles ancient Greek and Roman women writers, including lyric and elegiac poets and philosophers and other prose writers. The writers are allowed to speak for themselves, with as much translation from their extant works provided in text as possible. In addition to giving readers biographical and cultural context for the writers and their works, Snyder refutes arguments representing prejudicial attitudes about women’s writing found in the scholarly literature. Covering writers from a wide historical span, this volume provides an engaging and informative introduction to the origins of the tradition of women’s writing in the West.


Jane McIntosh Snyder, a professor emeritus of classics at the Ohio State University, is the author of Puns and Poetry in Lucretius’ “De Rerum Natura; Stringed Instruments of Ancient Greece (with Martha Maas); and Lesbian Desire in the Lyrics of Sappho.