The study of women across time highlights not only the history of a minority but also biography itself and the ways in which a group disenfranchised from power can circumvent traditional authority and assert itself. In particular, the biographies of famous women like the Egyptian pharaoh Hatshepsut, the Byzantine Empress Theodora and Saint Joan of Arc show well the obstacles that have confronted women in their arduous quest for equality and empowerment. But in the end, the difficulties facing women are perhaps best seen not in what-really-happened but invented history, the myth of the fictional Greek queen Clytemnestra who serves as the archetype of power-hungry women. All in all, the insights gained from examining the lives of Western Civilization's leading ladies hint at the rewards gained from studying biography in general and the history of any minority.
People, Places, Events and Terms To Know:
Great Man Theory
Sargon of Akkad
Byzantine Empire (Byzantium)
Hundred Years' War
Charles VI, "the Mad"
Battle of Aginçourt
Joan of Arc
Maid of Lorraine
Attribution to Mark L. Damen
Professor of History and Classics
Utah State University, Logan, UT 84322-0710
For more information please visit: https://www.usu.edu/markdamen/1320Hist&Civ/chapters/09WOMEN.htm
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