The fabric of the city: imaging textile production in classical Athens

TitleThe fabric of the city: imaging textile production in classical Athens
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsBundrick, SD
JournalHesperia
Volume77
Issue2
Pagination283-334
Abstract

Scenes of textile production on Athenian vases are often interpreted as confirming the oppression of women, who many argue were confined to "women's quarters" and exploited as free labor. However, reexamination of the iconography--together with a reconsideration of gender roles and the archaeology of Greek houses dating to the 5th and 4th centuries B. C.--suggests that these images idealize female contributions to the household in a positive way. The scenes utilize the dual metaphor of weaving and marriage to express the harmonia of oikos and polis, a theme particularly significant under the evolving Athenian democracy. [http://www.jstor.org/stable/40205750]

URLhttp://www.jstor.org/stable/40205750