Thematic dossier “To leave one’s name: women and acts of memory in ancient societies”, Pallas. Revue d’études antiques, 99, 2015, pp. 9-131

A reading abstract by Isabelle Pernin, published in the review Clio FGH, 45/2017, pp. 309-311 (in French in the text): “Made up of eight contributions, this collection of articles is the result of a study day organized in Toulouse in April 2014 by members of the TRACES (UMR 5608), ANHIMA (UMR 8210), and PLH-ERASME (EA 4601) laboratories, but it is also the product of a study group gathered around a vaster enterprise at the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Eurykleia, which beyond the aforementioned teams also involves the ARCHIMÈDE laboratory (UMR 7044). The researchers Sandra Boehringer, Adeline Grand-Clément, Sandra Péré-Noguès, and Violaine Sebillotte Cuchet, all with a long-standing commitment to gender studies, have joined forces to study the particular way in which the Greeks and the Romans “named” women. Their initial postulate is doubly appalling. The ancient tradition itself has largely deprived women of their due share in kleos (glory, renown). In their introduction, the authors recall J. Oulhen’s 2009 assessment: in Attic prosopography alone, women represent a mere tenth of the names recorded in the LGPN (Lexicon of Greek Personal Names). Besides, recent historiography has mishandled the presence of women in its sources. But although they have been forgotten, unidentified or misidentified, or, in the manner of caricatures, almost systematically assimilated to courtesans, their appearance in sources as well as in Greek societies deserves to be at least re-evaluated; especially with the help of the intellectual tools that several decades of gender studies have produced. […]”


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