Eta Sigma Phi undergraduate colloquium

Department: Classics

Date and Time: May 9, 2016 | 4:00 PM-5:30 PM

Event Location: KH 400D

Event Details

Lecture by Teresa Yates, PhD candidate in Classics

Title: Adultery, Ritual, and Social Control in Ancient Greek Rhetoric

This presentation investigates the role of women in ancient Greek socio-legal constructs, focusing particularly on how adultery could affect female social status. Male authors often represent women, whose social roles were often limited to religious participation, as appropriating or perverting ritual custom in their commission of, or response to, adultery. Two Greek orators in particular, Demosthenes and Lysias, frame their accounts of adultery with ritual space or activity, which focus on how female adultery has a negative effect upon the city-state as a whole.