Nicole Loraux

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Nicole Loraux (26 April 1943 – 6 April 2003) was a French historian of classical Athens. She was born in Paris and died in Argenteuil. She studied Classics at university, before writing a PhD thesis under the supervision of Pierre Vidal-Naquet.[1]

Loraux's best known work is The Invention of Athens: the Funeral Oration in the Classical City, and she has been influential in the rise of gender as an important category of analysis in ancient Greek history.[2] She has been described as a "preeminent" structuralist historian.[3] In 2007, a conference was held in Paris to explore Loraux's legacy in feminist and classical scholarship.[4]


  1. ^ Ismard, Pauline. "Nicole Loraux, l'audace d'être historienne". Retrieved 5 April 2017. 
  2. ^ Hedrick, Charles W. (1994). "Review of "Children of Athena" by Nicole Loraux". Journal of the History of Sexuality. 5 (2): 295–297. 
  3. ^ Monoson, S. Sarah (1997). "Review of "Children of Athena" by Nicole Loraux". Political Theory. 25 (2): 302–305. doi:10.1177/0090591797025002008. 
  4. ^ "Preface". Classics@. 7.