A Companion to Women’s Military History by Margaret Vining Barton C. Hacker

By Margaret Vining Barton C. Hacker

Army associations have all over the place and continuously formed the process historical past, yet women’s close to common participation in them has principally long past neglected. This quantity addresses the altering relationships among girls and army from antiquity to the current. The 8 chapters partly I current vast, scholarly studies of the prevailing literature to supply a transparent realizing of the place we stand. a longer photo essay files visually women’s army paintings because the 16th century. The book’s moment half contains 8 exemplary articles, extra narrowly concentrated than the survey articles yet illustrating a few of their significant issues. army historical past will take advantage of acknowledging women’s participation, as will women’s historical past from spotting army associations as significant elements in molding women’s lives.

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13 [Brownson and Dillery 1922]; Lendle 1995, 363–64). Women accompanied Alexander’s army as well, some apparently having come with the army all the way from Macedonia. Many others were captured in the course of campaigning. 539a [Yonge 1854]; Jacoby 1929, 539 F 1, and 668–69). One particularly famous example is Thais, who is said to have instigated the destruction of the palace at Persepolis and who would later go on to become the wife of Ptolemaios I Soter, thus gaining considerable political importance (Athenaeus 13.

70 [Krentz and Wheeler 1994]). 4–5 [Oldfather et al. 1928]). Unfortunately, little else is known about this incident, which is also difficult to date with any precision; Köchly and Rüstow (1853, 182–83) tentatively suggested 379/78 bc, a date that since has come under criticism (Oldfather et al. 1928, 197 n. 2). Most of the activities mentioned above―apart from preparing food or caring for the wounded―would normally have fallen squarely into the male domain. Having women sharpen spears, dig ditches, or make ammunition usually meant that no men could be spared for these tasks.

16 [Paton 1922]) reported that chaos and desperation was caused by Diaios’ orders. 67 [Krentz and Wheeler 1994]). The besieged Thasians tried to erect certain mechanemata, machines to use against the besiegers. Although the precise nature and function of these machines remains uncertain, they are generally assumed to have been torsion catapults, for which hair could furnish the power skeins (Marsden 1969, 17, 31; Landels 2000, 110–11). The Thasian women shaved their heads and donated their hair to make suitable ropes for the construction of these machines.

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