Abstract and Keywords
Girls and women played a crucial role in ancient Greek religion. They celebrated several cults without the presence of men, addressing their own biological concerns, but also those of the polis as a whole. Women were an intrinsic part of family cultic practices, but, surprisingly, it was the men of a household who presided over the main rites held within the home. In religious rites performed by the family outside the home, women again had a subsidiary role. It was in the women’s rites outside the house, and separate from the family, that they fulfilled their most important cultic roles.
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