Women and Slaves in Classical Culture examines how ancient societies were organized around slave-holding and the subordination of women to reveal how women and slaves interacted with one another in both the cultural representations and the social realities of the Greco-Roman world. The...
Cassandra: Princess of Troy. The daughter of King Priam and Queen Hecuba of Troy. Her beauty caused Apollo to grant her the gift of prophecy. When she did not return his love, Apollo placed a curse on her so that no one would ever believe her predictions. She is a figure both of the epic tradition and of tragedy, where her combination of deep understanding and powerlessness exemplify the ironic condition of humankind.
Helen of Troy: Wife of Menelaus. The most beautiful woman in the world and cause of the Trojan War.
Agamemnon: The son of King Atreus and Queen Aerope of Mycenae, the brother of Menelaus. When Helen, the wife of Menelaus, was abducted by Paris of Troy, Agamemnon commanded the united Greek armed forces in the ensuing Trojan War.
Penelope: Faithful wife of Odysseus who kept her suitors at bay until her husband returned.
Clytemnestra: The wife of Agamemnon, king of the Ancient Greek kingdom of Mycenae or Argos. She was a femme fatale who murdered her husband, Agamemnon and the Trojan princess Cassandra, whom he had taken as war prize following the sack of Troy.
Hecuba: Queen of Troy. Wife of Priam and mother of Hector, Paris and Cassandra.
Augustine: Augustine of Hippo (354 – 430), also known as St. Augustine, was bishop of Hippo Regius (present-day Algeria). He was a Latin philosopher and theologian from the Africa Province of the Roman Empire and is generally considered as one of the greatest Christian thinkers of all times.
Monnica: Early Christian saint and the mother of Saint Augustine of Hippo. She is honored in the Roman Catholic Church where she is remembered and venerated for her outstanding Christian virtues, particularly the suffering against the adultery of her husband, and a prayerful life dedicated to the reformation of her son, who wrote extensively of her pious acts and life with her in his Confessions.
Quintilian: Marcus Fabius Quintilianus (35 – 100) was a Roman rhetorician from Hispania, widely referred to in medieval schools of rhetoric and in Renaissance writing. In English translation, he is usually referred to as Quintilian.
Galen: Aelius Galenus or Claudius Galenus (AD 129–c. 200/c. 216), better known as Galen of Pergamon (modern-day Bergama, Turkey), was a prominent Roman (of Greek ethnicity) physician, surgeon and philosopher. Arguably the most accomplished of all medical researchers of antiquity, Galen contributed greatly to the understanding of numerous scientific disciplines, including anatomy, physiology, pathology, pharmacology, and neurology, as well as philosophy and logic.
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