*Special Episode* Women and Religion in Greece and Rome – Dr G and The History of Greece Podcast

Update: In November 2020, a series of revelations across a variety of social media platforms have made clear that Ryan Stitt’s behaviour to many women in the classics and ancient history community has been inappropriate. We hear those women and stand by those women.

We did not know about the pattern of behaviour when the episode below was recorded. We have opted to leave the link to the episode below active as the topic may be of interest to listeners. We have no plans to work with Ryan in the future.

The History of Ancient Greece and The Partial Historians

Ryan Stitt, the host of the The History of Ancient Greece Podcast and Dr G to discuss women and religion.

Bona Dea and the Thesmophoria

We talk all things Bona DeaWe consider the ritual component of the festival and the connections between this ostensibly Roman goddess and her Greek counterpart Ceres and Eastern deities such as Magna Mater and Cybele.

We delve into the different facets of Roman deities and consider the potential significance of women-led festivities under the patriarchal system. This leads to an examination of the parallels between the rites to Roman Bona Dea and the Thesmophoria. Be on the listen for sacrifices of sows and the digging up of piglets!

Vesta and Hestia

It is perhaps no surprise that Dr G waxes lyrical about the Vestal Virgins. There are lots of details to enjoy here including:

  • the selection of young women into the cult
  • the cult image of Vesta
  • some of the politico-religious connections between Vestals and the state

We also follow the relationship between Vesta and Hestia comparing the differences in their worship and debate the flow of Greek migrants into the Italian peninsula and the influence of the Etruscans in the evolution of the worship of Vesta.

We trace some of the ancient source material for Vesta, including the Greek sources Plutarch and Dionysius of Halicarnassus.

This special episode is packed with details! Other highlights include women’s role in ritual weaving, and the role of women in service to gods rather than goddesses.

You can find the episode on iTunes.

Women and Religion in Ancient Greece and Rome
The Parthenon Sculptures are an appropriate expression of the Ancient Greeks to headline this episode on women and religion. This east pediment is identified with Hestia, Dione and Aphrodite. The Partial Historians support the return of the Parthenon Sculptures to Greece.
Image Courtesy of: Wikimedia Commons © Marie-Lan Nguyen
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