Greek or Latin sources of the manuscript tradition of all periods (at least until the Byzantine Era); epigraphy including inscriptions on vases, honorary decrees, acts of sales, curse tablets and dedications: the choice of encompassing the entire 3rd century is motivated by our care to include and compare sources of a different nature (epigraphy started developing in the 4th century). The dates under analysis may be flexible depending on particular corpora: acts of manumission, for instance, refer to a great number of women by their name, whether they were recorded as freeing or as being freed. Our focus here will remain the earliest corpus of central and western Greece, although we should bear in mind that the Deplhi acts, appearing from 200 BCE, provide a considerable bulk of data regarding the very practice of manumission. Our goal is to analyze the place of women in Archaic and Classical periods rather than such or such particular practice.

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