Item Details

Handmaids of the Gods [electronic resource]

BBC Worldwide Ltd
Format
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Summary
In this program, Bettany Hughes explores the lost era of the priestess as she explains the primacy of women in classical religion and in early Christianity. Visiting the Acropolis and other key sites, Hughes describes aspects of Aphrodite that go beyond gentle love goddess and discovers that Sappho may have been a priestess as well as a poet. She also discusses ancient Rome, where the fate of the world was believed to lie in the hands of six sacred virgins, and learns the truth about the centuries of Christian doctrine that forbid women to become priests.
Release Date
2012
Run Time
48 min.
Language
Closed-captioned
Rating
9 & up
Notes
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on January 18, 2013.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Series
Divine Women
Contents
  • Priestesses and the Divine (1:46)
  • Aphrodite (1:55)
  • Discovering Sacred Poems (1:37)
  • Sappho's Sacred Poetry (2:34)
  • Lesbos: Home to a Sacred Poet (1:51)
  • A Priestess Poet Worships Love (2:49)
  • Evidence of Sappho's Popularity (1:11)
  • Poetry of Human Desire (1:36)
  • Legacy of a Divine Poet (1:12)
  • Ancient Greece: a Patriarchal Society (1:39)
  • Safeguarding Ancient Greek Fertility (2:59)
  • Elevating Women's Status Through the Divine (0:59)
  • Respecting the Power of Human Desire (1:59)
  • Monotheism's Male Orientation (2:07)
  • End of Days: Converting the Roman Empire (1:59)
  • Acts of Paul and Thecla: Inspiring Rebellion (2:43)
  • Women's Role in Early Christianity (2:16)
  • Early Christianity: Sponsored by Women (1:54)
  • Letter to the Romans (3:03)
  • Women: Destroyers of God's Image (1:24)
  • Women's Universal Fall from Grace (4:10)
  • Interpreting the Bible in terms of Gender Equality (1:25)
  • Council of Nicea: End of Priestesses (2:00)
  • Credits: Handmaids of the Gods: Divine Women (0:41)
Published
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2013], c2012.
Publisher no.
  • 52453s Films Media Group
  • 52455 Films Media Group
Access Restriction
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Description
1 streaming video file (48 min.) : sd., col.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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