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Women in Mycenaean Greece: The Linear B Tablets from Pylos and Knossos #2020

Women in Mycenaean Greece The Linear B Tablets from Pylos and Knossos Women in Mycenaean Greece is the first book length study of women in the Linear B tablets from Mycenaean Greece and the only to collect and compile all the references to women in the documents of the

  • Title: Women in Mycenaean Greece: The Linear B Tablets from Pylos and Knossos
  • Author: Barbara A. Olsen
  • ISBN: 9780415725156
  • Page: 476
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Women in Mycenaean Greece: The Linear B Tablets from Pylos and Knossos By Barbara A. Olsen, Women in Mycenaean Greece is the first book length study of women in the Linear B tablets from Mycenaean Greece and the only to collect and compile all the references to women in the documents of the two best attested sites of Late Bronze Age Greece Pylos on the Greek mainland and Knossos on the island of Crete The book offers a systematic analysis of women s tasks, holWomen in Mycenaean Greece is the first book length study of women in the Linear B tablets from Mycenaean Greece and the only to collect and compile all the references to women in the documents of the two best attested sites of Late Bronze Age Greece Pylos on the Greek mainland and Knossos on the island of Crete The book offers a systematic analysis of women s tasks, holdings, and social and economic status in the Linear B tablets dating from the 14th and 13th centuries BCE, identifying how Mycenaean women functioned in the economic institutions where they were best attested production, property control, land tenure, and cult Analysing all references to women in the Mycenaean documents, the book focuses on the ways in which the economic institutions of these Bronze Age palace states were gendered and effectively extends the framework for the study of women in Greek antiquity back than 400 years.Throughout, the book seeks to establish whether gender practices were uniform in the Mycenaean states or differed from site to site and to gauge the relationship of the roles and status of Mycenaean women to their Archaic and Classical counterparts to test if the often proposed theories of a egalitarian Bronze Age accurately reflect the textual evidence The Linear B tablets offer a unique, if under utilized, point of entry into women s history in ancient Greece, documenting nearly 2000 women performing over fifty task assignments From their decipherment in 1952 one major gap in the scholarly record remained a full accounting of the women who inhabited the palace states and their tasks, ranks, and economic contributions Women in Mycenaean Greece fills that gap recovering how class, rank, and other social markers created status hierarchies among women, how women as a group functioned relative to men, and where different localities conformed or diverged in their gender practices.

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    1. A serious work of scholarship based on the Linear B texts from two important cities, Pylos and Knossos These texts, written in an ancient form of Greek, are associated with the Mycenaean period and peoples Olsen has mined the texts carefully and thoughtfully to recover as much information as possible about women in the 14th century BC Since these texts only cover certain topics, all of which are economic in nature, her discussion necessarily focuses on women s economic roles their occupations, k [...]

    2. A very dense, dry, but exhaustive look at the women mentioned in the Pylos and Knossos Linear B archives Olsen s scholarly methods in exploring the gender politics and disparities of the women who lived and worked under the administrations of the Pylos and Knossos palaces are meticulous She teases out information about women s roles in the palatial systems from tablets that are occasionally very fragmentary, and puts names to real life women who lived in Messenia and Crete 3,200 years ago.

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