Women and War in Antiquity. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015. ix + 341 pp. $55.00. isbn 9781421417622 (hbk).The sixteen papers in this book derive from an international symposium, which was held in Lille in 2009. Although the fate of women and children in war has been investigated in recent research,1 the various ways in which women were associated with warfare in antiquity is otherwise a fairly neglected topic as it has been taken for granted that warfare was a purely male activity and that the values and ideology associated with war pertained to the expression of masculinity. A collection of articles which challenges this view by analysing and problematising the relationship between war and women is, on those grounds alone, very welcome.In the Introduction the editors provide information about the background to the symposium and resulting book and short descriptions of the papers. There is little attempt to discuss common themes in the papers and the ways in which they might point to further research. The editors state, not entirely in accordance with the book’s title, that the goal ‘was to investigate war from the perspective of gender’. Although some of the papers deal more generally with gender
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