FemminaClassica is a collection of articles, podcasts and webinars about women in the classical world whose narratives have long ago been buried
– curated by Mary Naples

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In a society where men set the rules, could a feminine fertility festival have empowered women to the degree that it struck fear in men’s hearts? At first glance, it seems absurd to suggest that an ancient Greek fertility festival should empower women let alone induce fear in the hearts of men—yet the Thesmophoria was not just any fertility festival…..

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Ancient Greece

The Age of Heroes

Often recognized as the “Age of Heroes,” the Mycenaean civilization (1600 BCE-1100 BCE) was eternalized …

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Ancient Greece

The Hymn to Demeter Or The Thesmophoria – Which Came First?

Evoking early agrarian rituals which celebrated the primal mysteries of birth, death, and resurrection, the …

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Ancient Greece

The Bronze Age Queen—Helen of Sparta

Celebrated as the most beautiful woman in the world, the allure of Helen of Troy …

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Ancient Greece

The Slaveholding City-State Of Sparta’s Liberated Women

On the face of it, Spartans might have felt right at home living under the …

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Ancient Greece

Giving Thanks, the Ancient Greek Way

The Original Thanksgiving… was only for Women? The sometimes Violent, sometimes Psychedelic Ancient Harvest Festival …

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Ancient Greece

Analyzing Antigone

The playwright Sophocles (497 – 405 BCE) might have been amused to find that nearly …

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About Mary Naples

After earning a BS in psychology from Arizona State University, Mary Naples pursued a career in high-tech sales and recruiting before resigning in order to fulfill a lifelong dream of continuing her education. Long fascinated with the ancient world, Mary went on to earn an MA in Humanities with an emphasis in Women’s Studies from Dominican University of California. While at Dominican, she discovered a deep enthusiasm for unearthing stories about ancient women that have long ago been buried.

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