Aphrodite's Tortoise

By Lloyd Llewellyn Jones,

Book cover of Aphrodite's Tortoise: The Veiled Woman of Ancient Greece

Book description

Greek women routinely wore the veil. That is the unexpected finding of this major study. The Greeks, rightly credited with the invention of civic openness, are revealed as also part of a more eastern tradition of seclusion. From the iconography as well as the literature of Greece, Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones shows…

Shepherd is reader supported. When you buy books, we may earn an affiliate commission.

Why read it?

1 author picked Aphrodite's Tortoise as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

Fifth-century BC Athenian society was male-dominated, so most of our evidence comes from – and is about – men. Elegantly written, immaculately researched, and pleasingly illustrated, Aphrodite’s Tortoise goes a long way towards restoring the gender balance, uncovering the complex role that women played in Greek society, whether as wives, priestesses or slaves. At the heart of the book is the use of the veil, which not only protected women from the male gaze as they ventured outside (hence the title) but could convey a variety of visual signals depending on how it was worn. It’s a really stimulating book,…

From David's list on understanding classical Greece.

Want books like Aphrodite's Tortoise?

Our community of 10,000+ authors has personally recommended 100 books like Aphrodite's Tortoise.

Browse books like Aphrodite's Tortoise

5 book lists we think you will like!

Interested in Greece, women, and classical Greece?

10,000+ authors have recommended their favorite books and what they love about them. Browse their picks for the best books about Greece, women, and classical Greece.

Greece Explore 161 books about Greece
Women Explore 590 books about women
Classical Greece Explore 13 books about classical Greece