Book Cover
Author Henry, Madeleine Mary, 1949-

Title Prisoner of history : Aspasia of Miletus and her biographical tradition / Madeleine M. Henry
Published New York : Oxford University Press, 1995
Online access available from:
EBSCO eBook Academic Collection    View Resource Record  


Description 1 online resource (201 pages) : illustrations
Contents Introduction; 1. Aspasia in Greek History; 2. The Story Told by Comedy; 3. Aspasia and the Socratic Tradition; 4. The Sargasso Sea: Aspasia and the Discourse on Prostitutes in the Hellenistic, Roman, and Late Antique Periods; 5. Aspasia in the Postclassical West; Afterword; Notes; Bibliography; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; Q; R; S; T; V; W; X; Z
Summary According to legend, Aspasia of Miletus was a courtesan, the teacher of Socrates, and the political adviser of her lover Pericles. Next to Sappho and Cleopatra, she is the best known woman of the ancient Mediterranean. Yet continued uncritical reception of her depiction in Attic comedy and naive acceptance of Plutarch's account of her in his Life of Pericles prevent us from understanding who she was and what her contributions to Greek thought may have been. Madeleine Henry combines traditional philological and historical methods of analysis with feminist critical perspectives, in order to trac
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 177-193) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Aspasia.
Pericles, approximately 495 B.C.-429 B.C.
Mistresses -- Greece -- Athens -- Biography.
Women -- Political activity -- Greece -- Athens -- Biography.
Greece -- History -- Athenian supremacy, 479-431 B.C.
Genre/Form Biography.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 94012500
ISBN 0195087127
0585372462 (electronic bk.)
9780585372464 (electronic bk.)