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7 Women Members of a Gymnasium in the Roman East ( ig iv 732)

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This chapter examines female athletics and education of the early imperial period in the Greek East, draws attention to some overlooked epigraphic evidence for female membership in athletic venues and re-evaluates the social context of an inscription found at Hermione in the Argolid (IG IV 732). The author comments on two main issues associated with the study of women in the context of epigraphic evidence. First, although attention to the growing onomastic lists, headed by the publication of the first volume of A Lexicon of Greek Personal Names (LGPN) in 1987, is on the rise, the material still remains of interest primarily to prosopographers and epigraphists, and has not always been studied across disciplines by, say, historians and philologists. Second, epigraphists have good reason to be diligent about their own perspectives and biases and to be tuned into the question of how these biases shape both the hypotheses and evidence.

Keywords: Argolid (IG IV 732); epigraphic evidence; female athletics; Gymnasium; Hermione; Roman East



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