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Lefkowitz, Mary R. 1935-

Works: 70 works in 374 publications in 5 languages and 15,756 library holdings
Genres: History  Sources  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Documentary films  Documentary television programs  Nonfiction television programs  Educational films  Internet videos  Drama 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator, Other, Author of introduction
Classifications: HQ1127, 305.420938
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Most widely held works about Mary R Lefkowitz
Most widely held works by Mary R Lefkowitz
Not out of Africa : how Afrocentrism became an excuse to teach myth as history by Mary R Lefkowitz( Book )

19 editions published between 1976 and 1997 in English and held by 1,927 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Was Socrates black? Did Aristotle steal his ideas from the library in Alexandria? Do we owe the underlying tenets of our democratic civilization to the Africans? Hardly a week goes by when an article does not appear in a newspaper or magazine by an Afrocentrist writer making such allegations. But so far, no one has responded fully to these Afrocentrist claims or explained why these strange ideas are being circulated, and indeed taught, in American schools and universities. Not Out of Africa is the first book to refute these spurious claims. Mary Lefkowitz examines the ancient evidence and shows how it was misunderstood both in antiquity and in modern time. She explains how we know that Socrates and Cleopatra were Greeks and that Plato, Aristotle, and other Greek philosophers did not steal their ideas from Egyptian sources. Lefkowitz, a distinguished classicist, demonstrates that there has been no modern conspiracy among scholars to conceal the debt of Greece to Egypt and that some of the misconceptions arise form the ancient Greeks' own misunderstanding of Egyptian religions. Not Out of Africa explains why revisionist histories of the ancient world are being written now - and perhaps always will be. Modern Afrocentric writers are following a long-established pattern in which peoples, particularly if they regard themselves as having been deprived of a history, seem keen to acquire a glorious past. Lefkowitz explains how the notion that Greek religion and philosophy were derived from Egypt was preserved in the ritual and mythology of Freemasonry, and how extreme Afrocentrists came to allege that what they supposed to be an Egyptian legacy was not just borrowed but actually stolen by the ancient Greeks. This book will be of interest to everyone who cares about the ancient world and its traditions, and to all who believe that our civilization has preserved some of the Greeks' best traditions, such as democratic government, freedom of speech, learning, and discussion
Women in Greek myth by Mary R Lefkowitz( Book )

55 editions published between 1985 and 2007 in 4 languages and held by 1,845 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the first edition of Women in Greek Myth, Mary R. Lefkowitz convincingly challenged narrow, ideological interpretations of the roles of female characters in Greek mythology. Where some scholars saw the Amazons as the last remnant of a forgotten matriarchy, Clytemnestra as a frustrated individualist, and Antigone as an oppressed revolutionary, Lefkowitz argued that such views were justified neither by the myths themselves nor by the relevant documentary evidence. Concentrating on those aspects of women's experience most often misunderstood -- life apart from men, marriage, influence in politics, self-sacrifice and martyrdom, and misogyny -- she presented a far less negative account of the role of Greek women, both ordinary and extraordinary, as manifested in the central works of Greek literature. This updated and expanded edition includes six new chapters on such topics as heroic women in Greek epic, seduction and rape in Greek myth, and the parts played by women in ancient rites and festivals. Revisiting the original chapters as well to incorporate two decades of more recent scholarship, Lefkowitz again shows that what Greek men both feared and valued in women was not their sexuality but their intelligence"--Publisher description
Women's life in Greece & Rome : a source book in translation by Mary R Lefkowitz( Book )

46 editions published between 1988 and 2016 in English and held by 1,589 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This highly acclaimed collection, the first sourcebook on ancient women and now in its fourth edition, provides a unique look into the public and private lives and legal status of Greek and Roman women. The texts represent women of all social classes, from public figures remembered for their deeds (or misdeeds), to priestesses, poets, and intellectuals, to working women, such as musicians, wet nurses, and prostitutes, to homemakers. The editors have selected texts from hard-to-find sources, such as inscriptions, papyri, and medical treatises, many of which have not previously been translated into English. The resulting compilation is both an invaluable aid to research and a clear guide through this complex subject. The brand new design of the fourth edition integrates the third edition's appendix and adds many new and unusual texts and images, as well as such student-friendly features as a map and chapter overviews. Many notes and explanations have been revised with the non-classicist in mind. Its readings cover women's legal status, domestic conditions, health issues, and relations with other people. The emphasis throughout is not so much on what ancient writers thought about women, as on what women actually did, both within the home and outside it, from their intellectual achievements, benefactions, and religious roles, to humble jobs and acts of physical and moral courage"--
The lives of the Greek poets by Mary R Lefkowitz( Book )

33 editions published between 1981 and 2013 in English and held by 1,317 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Renowned scholar Mary R. Lefkowitz has extensively revised and rewritten her 1981 classic to introduce a new generation of students to the lives of the Greek poets. Thoroughly updated with references to the most recent scholarship, this second edition includes new material and fresh analysis of the ancient biographies of Greece's most famous poets"--Back cover
Greek gods, human lives : what we can learn from myths by Mary R Lefkowitz( Book )

15 editions published between 1986 and 2008 in English and Italian and held by 1,196 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Greek Gods, Human Lives, preeminent classicist Mary Lefkowitz reintroduces readers to the literature of ancient Greece. Lefkowitz demonstrates that the Greek myths, although endlessly entertaining, are never frivolous. These stories - as told by Homer, Ovid, Virgil, and many others - offer crucial lessons about human experience. Greek mythology makes vivid the fact that the gods control every aspect of the lives of mortals, but not in ways that modern audiences have properly understood." "We can learn much from these myths, Lefkowitz shows, if we understand that they are stories about religious experience - about the meaning of divinity, the nature of justice, and the limitations of human knowledge. These myths spoke to ancient audiences and helped them to comprehend their world. With Mary Lefkowitz as an interpreter, these myths speak to us as well."--Jacket
Women's life in Greece and Rome by Mary R Lefkowitz( Book )

35 editions published between 1981 and 2005 in English and held by 1,177 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Black Athena revisited by Mary R Lefkowitz( Book )

15 editions published between 1996 and 2014 in English and held by 1,159 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Topics covered include race and physical anthropology; the question of an Egyptian invasion of Greece; the origins of Greek language, philosophy, and science; and racism and anti-Semitism in classical scholarship. In the conclusion to the volume, the editors propose an entirely new scholarly framework for understanding the relationship between the cultures of the ancient Near East and Greece and the origins of Western civilization
Heroines and hysterics by Mary R Lefkowitz( Book )

15 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 638 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Victory ode : an introduction by Mary R Lefkowitz( Book )

14 editions published in 1976 in English and Greek, Ancient and held by 422 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Women in Greece and Rome by Mary R Lefkowitz( Book )

11 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 409 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collection of translations of Greek and Latin comments on and discussions of women
The Greek gods( Visual )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 361 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents an overview of the deities of ancient Greek mythology
First-person fictions : Pindar's poetic "I" by Mary R Lefkowitz( Book )

15 editions published between 1991 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 314 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Euripides and the gods by Mary R Lefkowitz( Book )

14 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 291 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Offers a critical new perspective on a major classical author by one of the world's leading authorities; advances a new theory of Euripides' intentions, namely, that he is not trying to undermine traditional theology..."--From
The Greek plays : sixteen plays by Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides( Book )

4 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 190 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A landmark anthology of the masterpieces of Greek drama, featuring all-new, highly accessible translations of some of the world's most beloved plays, including Agamemnon, Prometheus Bound, Bacchae, Electra, Medea, Antigone, and Oedipus the King
Classical mythology : its origins and impact( Visual )

4 editions published between 1999 and 2004 in English and held by 133 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this program, renowned classicists explore the origins of classical mythology and its relationship with other aspects of Greek culture, tracing subsequent influences on Western civilization
History lesson : a race odyssey by Mary R Lefkowitz( Book )

9 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pindar by Mary R Lefkowitz( )

in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pandora's daughters : the role and status of women in Greek and Roman antiquity by Eva Cantarella( Book )

4 editions published between 1987 and 1991 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Expanded and updated for this English-language translation, this book offers the first history of women in ancient Greece and Rome to be written from a legal perspective. Cantarella demonstrates how literary, anecdotal. and judicial sources can and cannot be used to discover that Greek and Roman men thought about women
Ancient history, modern myths by Mary R Lefkowitz( )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Not out of Africa : how Afrocentrism became an excuse to teach myth as history
Alternative Names
Lefkowitz, M. R.

Lefkowitz, M. R. 1935-

Lefkowitz, M. R. (Mary R.), 1935-

Lefkowitz, Mary.

Lefkowitz, Mary 1935-

Lefkowitz, Mary R.

Mary Lefkowitz American classical scholar

Mary Lefkowitz Amerikaans klassiek filologe

Mary Lefkowitz US-amerikanische Altphilologin

Mary Lefkowitzová

Лефковиц, Мэри

Women in Greek mythWomen's life in Greece & Rome : a source book in translationGreek gods, human lives : what we can learn from mythsWomen's life in Greece and RomeBlack Athena revisitedFirst-person fictions : Pindar's poetic "I"Classical mythology : its origins and impactHistory lesson : a race odysseyPandora's daughters : the role and status of women in Greek and Roman antiquity