Motherhood in Antiquity

  • Dana Cooper
  • Claire Phelan

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Dana Cooper, Claire Phelan
    Pages 1-5
  3. Motherhood and Religion

  4. Motherhood and Politics

  5. Motherhood and Identity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 143-143
    2. Emily Teeter
      Pages 145-167
    3. Kathryn M. Hudson, John S. Henderson
      Pages 223-256
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 257-267

About this book


This edited collection examines concepts and realities of motherhood in the ancient world. The collection uses essays on the Roman Empire, Mesoamerica, the Philippines, Egypt, and India to emphasize the concept of motherhood as a worldwide phenomenon and experience. While covering a wide geographical range, the editors arranged the collection thematically to explore themes including the relationship between the mother, particularly ruling mothers, and children and the mother in real life and legend. Some essays explore related issues, such as adaptation and child custody after divorce in ancient Egypt and the mother in religious culture of late antiquity and the ancient Buddhist Indian world. The contributors utilize a variety of methodologies and approaches including textual analysis and archaeological analysis in addition to traditional historical methodology.


motherhood in war Bronze Age Egypt Greece Rome Byzantium

Editors and affiliations

  • Dana Cooper
    • 1
  • Claire Phelan
    • 2
  1. 1.Stephen F. Austin State UniversityNacogdochesUSA
  2. 2.University of Mary Hardin-BaylorBeltonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-48901-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-48902-5
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