CLA160H1 Chapter Notes -Euripides, Hermesianax, Plutarch

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Greeks had medical view for construction for male identity . They had one for female identity as well. Female physiology: difference between men and women, bare children. Men hot and dry or balance of moist and dry, women were moisture then men women ill in damp climate female body described as being spongy in subsance. Women contain mostiure in the body and became too hard pack. Spongy wool like became too packed and there wasn"t enough moisture natrual philosopher because women menstruate and excess of blood, they are hotter than men. Hot or cool: the womb= an oven aristotle and galen medival medicine and concept of body women are mosit and cool. A joking metaphor for us, it was relaity for them. Plato has few things to say about women and role in society. He is unusal and starting with plato, his writing contrasts with the norms accepted by most people.

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