Birth, Death, and Motherhood in Classical Greece (Ancient Society and History)

Birth, Death, and Motherhood in Classical Greece (Ancient Society and History) by Nancy Demand

Title: Birth, Death, and Motherhood in Classical Greece (Ancient Society and History)
Author: Nancy Demand
ISBN10: 080188053X
ISBN13: 978-0801880537
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press (October 18, 2004)
Language: English
Subcategory: Ancient Civilizations
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Birth, Death, and Motherhood in Classical Greece (Ancient Society and History) by Nancy Demand


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Why did Greek society foster social conditions, especially early marriage with its attendant early childbearing, that were known to be dangerous for both mother and child? What were the actual causes of death among women described as dying of childbirth in the Hippocratic Epidemics? Why did families choose to portray labor scenes on tombstones when the Greek commemorative tradition otherwise avoided reference to suffering and illness? In Birth, Death, and Motherhood in Classical Greece, Nancy Demand offers the first comprehensive exploration of the social and cultural construction of childbirth in ancient Greece.

Reading the ancient evidence in light of feminist theory, the Foucauldian notion of discursively constituted objects, medical anthropology, and anthropological studies of the modern Greek village, Demand discusses topics that include midwifery, abortion, attitudes of doctors toward women patients, and the treatment of women generally. For evidence, she relies primarily on the case histories in the Epidemics concerning women with complications in pregnancy, abortion, and childbirth. She also draws relevant details from cure records and dedications from healing sanctuaries, labor scenes depicted on tombstones, Aristophanic comedy, andPlatonic philosophy.