- List of Figures
- List of Tables
- Becoming Human: From the Embryo to the Newborn Child
- The Demography of Infancy and Early Childhood in the Ancient World
- Babies in the Well: Archeological Evidence for Newborn Disposal in Hellenistic Greece
- Infant Exposure and Infanticide
- The Child Patient of the Hippocratics: Early Pediatrics?
- Raising a Disabled Child
- Children in Archaic and Classical Greek Art: A Survey
- Children as Learners and Producers in Early Greece
- Shifting Gender: Age and Social Status as Modifiers of Childhood Gender in Ancient Athens
- Children in Athenian Religion
- Play, Pathos, and Precocity: The Three P’s of Greek Literary Childhood
- Children in Latin Epic
- The Socialization of Roman Children
- Slave and Lower-Class Roman Children
- Children and Childhood in Roman Commemorative Art
- Toys, Dolls, and the Material Culture of Childhood
- Roman Children and the Law
- Education in Plato’s <i>Laws</i>
- Boys, Girls, Family, and the State at Sparta
- Engendering the Scroll: Girls’ and Women’s Literacy in Classical Greece
- Educating the Youth: The Athenian Ephebeia in the Early Hellenistic Era
- The Ancient Child in School
- Children in Ptolemaic Egypt: What the Papyri Say
- Children in Roman Egypt
- Adoption and Fosterage in the Ancient Eastern Mediterranean
- Pictorial Paideia: Children in the Synagogue
- Children and “the Child” in Early Christianity
- Elite Children, Socialization, and Agency in the Late Roman World
- Remembering Children in the Roman Catacombs
- Stages of Infancy in Roman Amphora Burial
Abstract and Keywords
That some girls and in particular Athenian girls in Classical Greece learned to read and write is clear. This chapter discusses Athenian iconography in detail. Through a close reading of the scenes on Athenian vases, which show citizen girls learning how to read and adult citizen women reading from book scrolls, several important themes emerge about women’s literacy in ancient Athens. Some young girls from a wealthy background were educated, probably within their oikos (home) or in small groups, under the direction of literate women, not men. Their literacy did not lead them into any occupations but became in their adulthood an important part of their leisure activities. Aspasia, a hetaira (high-class prostitute) and companion of Pericles, was illiterate, as would have been most of the hetairai of her day. Wealthy citizen women could be literate, which allowed them to interact with each other on an intellectual plane.
Matthew Dillon, Associate Professor of Classics and Ancient History, University of New England (Australia).
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