Une gloire pour toujours: les noms des prêtresses, affichés à la vue de tous.
Les données rassemblées, il y a plus de dix ans, dans l’ouvrage de J.B. Connelly apportent la preuve que les fonctions de prêtresses permettaient à des femmes d’accéder à une visibilité et une reconnaissance publique que leurs contemporains jugeaient dignes de l’être “pour toujours” : « The names of priestesses were inscribed on their statue bases and dedications as well as on the statue bases and dedications of individuals who served their cults during their tenures. The practice of civic eponymy ensured that priestly women, and their contributions, would never be forgotten. (…) In the face of this evidence, it may be time to reconsider the consensus view that the names of respectable women were to be avoided. While this may have been true for certain orators and in some settings, such as the law courts, the case muting the names of citizen women has, perhaps, been overstated. A privileging of certain textx fueled this view, such as the funeral speech attributed to Perikles by Thucydides (2.42.2) in which the Athenian war widows are told that the less said about them, the better », Joan B. Connelly, Portrait of a Priestess. Women and Ritual in Ancient Greece, Princeton University Press, Princeton & Oxford, 2007, p. 58-59 .