Lefkowitz Study Questions
Chapter 1


1. Who is Princess Ida and what is her relationship to Amazons?


2. What does Lefkowitz think is the purpose of myth?


3. What does Lefkowitz mean when she says that “every feature of Amazonian society has a direct antithesis in ordinary Greek practice”?


4. Does Lefkowitz think that Aeschylus’ Eumenides can be used to claim that the discovery of paternity was a key factor in the shift from matriarchy to patriarchy? Why or why not?


5. Does Lefkowitz think that the myths of Amazons and other wild destructive women can be used as examples of the psychological conflict imposed by the customary segregation of the sexes in Athenian society and men’s apprehensions about female sexuality? Why or why not?