Mary Beard, 11 October 1990
Show More The Woman and the Lyre: Women Writers in Classical Greece and Rome by Jane McIntosh Snyder.
Bristol Classical Press, 199 pp., £25, May 1989, 1 85399 062 0Show More
The Constraints of Desire: The Anthropology of Sex and Gender in Ancient Greece by J.J. Winkler.
Routledge, 240 pp., £30, February 1990, 0 415 90122 7Show More
Greek Virginity by Giulia Sissa, translated by Arthur Goldhammer.
Harvard, 240 pp., $29.95, March 1990, 0 674 36320 5Show More
“... that was, no doubt, an aggravating factor in the most strident reactions. More important, as Jack Winkler suggests in his essay on Sappho reprinted in The Constraints of Desire, was the plain fact that the writer, the speaking subject of these poems, was a woman – a woman claiming the right to talk about her own sexuality. What was at stake was not so much ...”