The experience of widows can offer important insights into continuity and change in women’s status and role across societies in the past, because they tend to represent, from the dominant cultural perspective, a problematic category of adult women who are notionally independent of males. Sexually experienced but, ideally in both Greece and Rome, sexually inactive, widows are often a source of tension and suspicion..." – By Thomas A.J. McGinn
"Science has been a collective endeavour, involving the whole structure of society. The ancient world is no exception to this. Indeed, what is known about the desire for knowledge and control of the physical world indicates that the ways in which Greeks and Romans pursued it were various and diverse, and included the thoughts and activities of many women. ..." – By Sophia Connell
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