1st Edition

Ancient Women Writers of Greece and Rome

    424 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    424 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Winner of CAMWS' 2023 Bolchazy Pedagogy Award.

    Ancient Women Writers of Greece and Rome features the extant writings of major female authors from the Greco-Roman world, brought together for the first time in a single volume, in both their original languages and translated into English with accompanying commentaries.

    The most cost-effective and comprehensive way to study the women writers of Greece and Rome, this book provides original texts, accessible text-commentaries, and detailed English translations of the works of ancient female poets and authors such as Sappho and Sulpicia. It takes a student-focused approach, discussing texts alongside new and original English translations and highlighting the rich, diverse scholarship on ancient women writers to specialists and non-specialists alike. The perspectives of women in the ancient world are still relevant and of interest today, as issues of gender and racial (in)equality remain ever-present in modern society.

    Ancient Women Writers of Greece and Rome provides a valuable teaching tool for students of Greek, Latin, and Classical Studies, as well as those interested in ancient literature, history, and gender studies who do not have proficiency in Greek or Latin.

    Introduction, Part I: Greece, 1. Sappho, 2. Corinna, 3. Erinna, 4. Moero, 5. Nossis, 6. Anyte, 7. Praxilla, Part II : Rome, 8. Melinno, 9. Sulpicia, 10. Sulpicia Caleni, 11. Claudia Severa, 12. An Inscription from Pompeii, 13. Terentia, 14. Colossus of Memnon, Appendix A: Introduction to Ancient Greek Dialects, Appendix B: Introduction to Ancient Meter, Appendix C: "The Newest Sappho", Greek to English Glossary, Latin to English Glossary.


    Bartolo A. Natoli is Associate Professor of Classics and Women, Gender, and Sexualities Program Affiliate at Randolph-Macon College. He holds a BA in Latin, Greek, and Secondary Education from the University of Richmond, an MEd in Adult Education and Training from Colorado State University, and a PhD in Classics from the University of Texas at Austin. His recent publications include a monograph entitled Silenced Voices: The Poetics of Speech in Ovid (2017) and an edited volume entitled Teaching Classics with Technology (2019).

    Angela Pitts is Professor of Classics at the University of Mary Washington. She received her BA in English and Classics from the University of Ohio and her MA and PhD in Classics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Angela has published articles in peer-reviewed journals and volumes on a variety of topics ranging from soundscape in Homer’s Iliad to Sappho’s Nachleben in antiquity.

    Judith P. Hallett is Professor of Classics and Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Emerita at the University of Maryland, College Park. She holds a BA in Latin from Wellesley College and an MA and PhD in Classical Philology from Harvard University. She has published widely in the areas of Latin language and literature; women, the family, and sexuality in Greco-Roman antiquity; and the study and reception of classics in the Anglophone world. A former Blegen Visiting Scholar in the Department of Classics at Vassar College and Suzanne Deal Booth Resident Scholar at the Center for Intercollegiate Studies in Rome, Judith has also held fellowships from the Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. A collection of essays from Routledge—Domina Illustris: Latin Literature, Gender and Reception (2013), edited by Donald Lateiner, Barbara Gold, and Judith Perkins—celebrates her academic career.

    "The volume at hand is truly singular...this is the first such edition to bring together the original Greek and Latin passages with commentaries and translations for each poem or fragment. Such a text is perfectly suited for language pedagogy at either the intermediate or advanced level and would also make a wonderful supplement to any course on women in antiquity, ancient poetry, marginality, gendered voices, or the like."Bryn Mawr Classical Review

    "Natoli, Pitts and Hallett have given students and instructors an invaluable resource to help enrich our picture of the ancient literary world and the place of women in it. While it is not a comprehensive collection of ancient women's writings, they have chosen representative texts that challenge students to engage more closely with the contributions of women to classical literature both in their original languages and in English."The Classical Review