Roman Women

ISBN-10: 0226260941
ISBN-13: 9780226260945
Edition: 2001
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Description: This collection of essays features important Roman women who were active in politics, theater, cultural life, and religion from the first through the fourth centuries. The contributors draw on rare documents in an attempt to reconstruct in detail  More...

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Book details

List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 4/1/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

This collection of essays features important Roman women who were active in politics, theater, cultural life, and religion from the first through the fourth centuries. The contributors draw on rare documents in an attempt to reconstruct in detail the lives and accomplishments of these exceptional women, a difficult task considering that the Romans recorded very little about women. They thought it improper for a woman's virtues to be praised outside the home. Moreover, they believed that a feeble intellect, a weakness in character, and a general incompetence prevented a woman from participating in public life. Through this investigation, we encounter a number of idiosyncratic personalities. They include the vestal virgin Claudia; Cornelia, a matron; the passionate Fulvia; a mime known as "Lycoris"; the politician Livia; the martyr and writer Vibia Perpetua; a hostess named Helena Augusta; the intellectual Hypatia; and the saint Melania the Younger. Unlike their silent female counterparts, these women stood out in a culture where it was terribly difficult and odd to do so.

Augusto Fraschetti is Professor of Roman History at La Sapienza University in Rome and an associate director of studies at the �cole Pratique des Hautes �tudes in Paris. His books include Roma e il principe(Laterza, 1990), Augusto (Alianza,1998), La conversione: Da Roma pagena a Roma cristiana(Laterza,1999) and, as editor, Roma al femiminile(Laterza, 1994) published in English as Roman Womenby University of Chicago Press.

Translator's Acknowledgments
Introduction
Claudia the Vestal Virgin
Cornelia the Matron
Fulvia the Woman of Passion
Lycoris the Mime
Livia the Politician
Perpetua the Martyr
Helena Augusta: From Innkeeper to Empress
Hypatia the Intellectual
Melania the Saint
Bibliographic Notes
Index

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