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Blog Post #5: Religion in Ancient Egypt – Bella

This week, I have been specifically focusing on Ancient Egyptian Religious Myths and Gods and Goddesses. I am just beginning to funnel down to femininity within the legends, focusing on certain Goddesses such as Isis and Hathor. An aspect of this is not just looking at the Goddesses themselves but the priestesses and the temples associated with them on earth, and how they are manifested in the real world. Continue reading

Blog Post #4 – Bella

     This week, I got in depth to looking at Helen of Troy and comparing how she could have perhaps been acted on vs an actor. The story of Helen of Troy, in concise terms, is as follows: Helen was born out of a mortal woman named Leda, and Zeus. The Gods often came down to mate with mortals, but most of the time, the offspring of the Gods’ were male and not female, so Helen was already distinct in this manner. Helen was unearthly beautiful as a result, and had an extraordinary number of suitors who wanted her hand in marriage as she grew up. She eventually married Menelaus, who was her brother in law, Agamemnon’s, brother. They had one child together, Hermione, who Helen “left” when Paris, a Trojan prince, took her back to Troy. Thus comes the debate as to whether or not Helen was acted on or acted herself, because in these times, such a high profile, beautiful woman would have been desireable to kidnap, but there are also stories and arguments that pertain to Helen wanting to leave. In my book, I am going to discuss both aspects, and argue each side. This is part of the reason as to why I chose Helen; there is so much room for interpretation and perception, especially with her femininity and sexuality.

Bust of Helen of Troy:

Greek Mythology, editor. “Helen.”, edited by Greek Mythology,

    Greek Mythology,

    Accessed 16 Feb. 2018.

Blog Post #3 – Bella

        This week, I started to have a more concrete development in my writing. I already have the very very beginning to an introduction about Ancient Egypt written, but this week, I have included the beginnings of an Introduction to Ancient Greece, specifically the women. I am a little torn on whether or not I should spend a fair amount of time focusing on just Greece as a whole, and then go into women, but because this is a book about women, I want to keep my talking about the generalities to a minimum. On the other hand, it is important to understand the context in which I am writing about women and how women were, so it is important to know all the facets of a society, and how women were included or excluded in those facets. Even though women are not included in politics in Ancient Greece, perhaps I should still write about the politics, because it is important to note how it operated and the more sexist aspect to the politics.

Blog Post #2 – bella

This week, I furthered my research on the science behind the Creation of Patriarchy, and continued to take notes and conduct a summary. I also finished reading about the story of Helen of Troy, who is to be my Greek female “leader.” Though her physical being was not essentially real, her message still was. In Greek Mythology, as well as in Ancient Mythology, for that matter, women played an extremely important role. Religion was, arguably, the pinnacle of life for nearly everyone in Ancient times. The religion and the myths were explanations of the way things worked, like Ra from Ancient Egypt Mythology pulling the sun up every morning. I am almost done developing my “family” tree for Mythological Greek Gods, but as I go on, I find the process being slowed because I am so fascinated by what I find. Every time that I write one person’s name down after researching them, such as Ares, and I get busy looking at the next God/Goddess affiliated with them. Continue reading

Blog post #1 – Bella

Blog Post 1: 1/24/18

Since this week was the first official week of independent research projects, I went to the library and began to search for books that could help me throughout my research projects. I knew I was looking for books that adhered to the topic of ancient women, patriarchy, and women in society not just in ancient times, but now. I have had a pretty decent knowledge of these topics as well as certain women in history such as Cleopatra and Hatshepsut, but I have never really done research at the level I anticipate. I believe that an important aspect of my project is to be able to compare and contrast women and their influences then versus now, and how we have evolved in society (or not evolved,) and though I hope to draw my own conclusion(s) on that matter in my work, I hope to get inspiration from these books and get a more solid idea of my own opinions, and how I will approach this task. This week, I hope to create a family tree of Gods and Goddesses in Ancient Egypt, so that I can focus on female divinity in ancient Egyptian society. Continue reading