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Lefkowitz, Mary R. 1935-

Works: 65 works in 355 publications in 5 languages and 15,704 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
Women's life in Greece and Rome by Mary R Lefkowitz( Book )

81 editions published between 1981 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,744 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"--
Not out of Africa : how Afrocentrism became an excuse to teach myth as history by Mary R Lefkowitz( Book )

18 editions published between 1976 and 1997 in English and held by 1,942 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 )

52 editions published between 1986 and 2007 in 4 languages and held by 1,849 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
The lives of the Greek poets by Mary R Lefkowitz( Book )

32 editions published between 1981 and 2013 in English and held by 1,321 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 1,201 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
Black Athena revisited by Mary R Lefkowitz( Book )

14 editions published between 1996 and 2014 in English and held by 1,166 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 )

14 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 639 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 )

10 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 407 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 365 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 )

13 editions published between 1991 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 310 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Euripides and the gods by Mary R Lefkowitz( Book )

12 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 248 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 )

3 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 152 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 The great plays of Ancient Greece are among the most enduring and important legacies of the Western world. Not only is the influence of Greek drama palpable in everything from Shakespeare to modern television, the insights contained in Greek tragedy have shaped our perceptions of the nature of human life. Poets, philosophers, and politicians have long borrowed and adapted the ideas and language of Greek drama to help them make sense of their own times. This exciting curated anthology features a cross section of the most popular-and most widely taught-plays in the Greek canon. Fresh translations into contemporary English breathe new life into the texts while capturing, as faithfully as possible, their original meaning. This outstanding collection also offers short biographies of the playwrights, enlightening and clarifying introductions to the plays, and helpful annotations at the bottom of each page. Appendices by prominent classicists on such topics as "Greek Drama and Politics," "The Theater of Dionysus," and "Plato and Aristotle on Tragedy" give the reader a rich contextual background. A detailed time line of the dramas, as well as a list of adaptations of Greek drama to literature, stage, and film from the time of Seneca to the present, helps chart the history of Greek tragedy and illustrate its influence on our culture from the Roman Empire to the present day. With a veritable who's who of today's most renowned and distinguished classical translators, The Greek Plays is certain to be the definitive text for students, scholars, theatrical professionals, and general readers alike for years to come. Advance praise for The Greek Plays "Mary Lefkowitz and James Romm deftly have gathered strong new translations from Frank Nisetich, Sarah Ruden, Rachel Kitzinger, Emily Wilson, as well as from Mary Lefkowitz and James Romm themselves. There is a freshness and pungency in these new translations that should last a long time. I admire also the introductions to the plays and the biographies and annotations provided. Closing essays by five distinguished classicists: the brilliant Daniel Mendelsohn and the equally skilled David Rosenbloom, Joshua Billings, Mary-Kay Gamel, and Gregory Hays all enlightened me. This seems to me a helpful light into our gathering darkness."--Harold Bloom "The reception of Ancient Greek theater is as lively as it's ever been in its 2,500-year history, both on the stage and on the page. Thanks to these sixteen brilliant new renditions by five leading scholar-translators, the three great Athenian masters of tragic drama, aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, speak to us once again in powerfully contemporary accents on such fundamental issues as gender, religion, and democratic politics."-Paul Cartledge, author Democracy: A Life "The Greek Plays is destined to become a perennial collection, essential reading for students, scholars, and lovers of Greek tragedy alike. This engaging compilation imbues all the ancient plays within its pages with new life by offering rich, informative historical, literary, and cultural context and fresh, accessible translations by some of the most talented classicists working in the field today."-Bryan Doerries, author of The Theater of War: What Ancient Greek Tragedies Can Teach Us Today From the Hardcover edition
Classical mythology : its origins and impact( Visual )

4 editions published between 1999 and 2004 in English and held by 136 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this illuminating program, renowned classicists including Sir Hugh Lloyd Jones, of Oxford University; Mary Lefkowitz, of Wellesley College; and Gregory Nagy, of Harvard University, explore the origins of classical mythology and its relationship with other aspects of Greek culture, tracing subsequent influences on Western civilization. Topics discussed include cultural transmission among the Mediterranean peoples of the 8th century BC, the derivation of texts attributed to Homer and Hesiod, interpretations of the myths of Phaeton and Callisto, the connections between Greek myth and tragedy, the Roman use of myths, and applications of modern critical theory to mythology. (29 minutes)
History lesson : a race odyssey by Mary R Lefkowitz( Book )

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

In the early 1990s, Classics professor Mary Lefkowitz discovered that one of her faculty colleagues at Wellesley College was teaching his students that Greek culture had been stolen from Africa and that Jews were responsible for the slave trade. This book tells the disturbing story of what happened when she spoke out. Lefkowitz quickly learned that to investigate the origin and meaning of myths composed by people who have for centuries been dead and buried is one thing, but it is quite another to critique myths that living people take very seriously. She also found that many in academia were reluctant to challenge the fashionable idea that truth is merely a form of opinion. For her insistent defense of obvious truths about the Greeks and the Jews, Lefkowitz was embroiled in turmoil for a decade. She faced institutional indifference, angry colleagues, reverse racism, anti-Semitism, and even a lawsuit intended to silence her. In History Lesson Lefkowitz describes what it was like to experience directly the power of both postmodernism and compensatory politics. She offers personal insights into important issues of academic values and political correctness, and she suggests practical solutions for the divisive and painful problems that arise when a political agenda takes precedence over objective scholarship. Her forthright tale uncovers surprising features in the landscape of higher education and an unexpected need for courage from those who venture there
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

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
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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

Not out of Africa : how Afrocentrism became an excuse to teach myth as historyWomen in Greek mythGreek gods, human lives : what we can learn from mythsBlack 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