Tekhnitides: Women Artists in Ancient Greece
By John G. Younger
Her Art: Greek Women in the Arts from Antiquity to Modernity, edited by Diane Tourliatos,(Frankfurt: Peter Lang 2011)
Introduction: Most of what little we know about women in ancient Greece concerns women in Athens. In spite of our limited knowledge, however, we can identify severa aspects of women participating in the arts. All women made textiles and all women played some kind of musical instrument. Women with money (of all statuses) commissioned sculpture and architecture, so did priestesses. Since foreign resident (metic), slave and sometimes citizen men worked in the crafts, we can imagine at lest metic and slave women doing so as well. And finally, literatre women included the wives and daughters of citizens and at least the high priced prostitute (the hetaira), and some metic women too, many of whom were also hetairas.