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La guerra dentro e fuori: giochi di genere tra Argo e Tegea

Abstract : Telesilla and Marpessa. Argos and Tegea. Two leaders, two poleis, saved by warriors γυναῖκες. Their war action against external enemy is associated with some « strange » rites into the city. These two traditions call into question the function generally assigned to women in war : to take part in conflict with useless and often detrimental contributions (θόρυβος), showing female inadequacy in the battle or, vice-versa, to fight with bravery and proficiency, but only at a price of a certain virilization. The Argos and Tegea affairs talk about women who personify very well male warlike virtues and, from the war area, because of contiguity, they go to play a central role in the field of sacrifice and cult. These wives and mothers, even if they become warriors, don’t abdicate their recognized function in the city and, in consequence, they raise issues regarding the proverbial female marginality in the Greek politic.
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Anna Chiaiese. La guerra dentro e fuori: giochi di genere tra Argo e Tegea. Mètis - Anthropologie des mondes grecs anciens, Daedalus/EHESS, 2013, Des femmes en action. L'individu et la fonction en Grèce antique, Hors Série, pp.73-84. ⟨10.4000/books.editionsehess.2866⟩. ⟨halshs-02099803⟩



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