Mrs Marianna Vardinoyannis, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, launches her new book entitled ‘Labouring with the challenges of female identity: Insights into the Minoan society’
On 14 December 2010, Mrs Marianna Vardinoyannis, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, launched her new book entitled Labouring with the challenges of female identity: Insights into the Minoan society at a ceremony that took place at the Organization’s Headquarters in Paris. The book focuses on the position and the roles of women in society from the earliest prehistory until the end of the Bronze Age on the island of Crete. The study aims, in the first place, to identify through archaeological remains all the various roles that women would have held in Minoan society from the Neolithic period until the final destruction of palatial civilisation, placing particular emphasis on the artistic illustrations of women. This study brings together new perspectives by examining in depth the way in which women were empowered as social agents in Minoan society and how their roles, social positions and perspectives were expressed, projected and negotiated through Bronze Age art. At the same time the book seeks to elucidate the female roles that may create affinities between the past and the present.
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