Date of Award
Honors Thesis (Open Access)
Colby College. Classics Dept.
Male authors have long waged a multifront campaign against female independence. In this thesis, I focus on two specific fronts: literary and medical texts of the Classical Greek period. This thesis intends to explore the varying strategies in a selection of works, employed to reinforce prescribed gender norms. I approach this with a feminist lens to critique attempts made by elite educated Greek men to define what a woman ought to be like. I do not, however, explore every single tactic a medical and literary writer has applied to uphold patriarchal norms. My two body chapters revolve respectively around two texts: the Hippocratic Corpus and Euripides’ Medea. I, of course, draw upon scholarly sources to strengthen my argument, and I also include other Medea texts from the Classical period to illustrate the consistent anxiety toward an autonomous, active woman.
Classical Greek Medicine and Magic, Gender Studies, Medea, The Hippocratics
Recommended CitationMontello, Leah K., "The Multifront Battle Waged Against Female Autonomy: A Comparative Study of Ancient Medical and Literary Texts" (2022). Honors Theses. Paper 1393.
Ancient History, Greek and Roman through Late Antiquity Commons, Classical Literature and Philology Commons, Comparative Literature Commons, Medical Humanities Commons, Other Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Commons, Women's Studies Commons