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    Maternal Megalomania Julia Domna and the Imperial Politics of Motherhood

    ISBN-10: 1421408473
    ISBN-13: 9781421408477
    Edition: 2013
    Author(s): Julie Langford
    Description: The image of Julia Domna, wife of Roman emperor Severus (192–211), was ubiquitous in her time. Her visage could be found gracing everything from state-commissioned art to privately owned ivory dolls. The imperial empire equated her to the great  More...
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    Copyright Year: 2013
    Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
    Publication Date: 4/1/2013
    Binding: Hardcover
    Pages: 232
    Size: 6.00" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
    Weight: 0.946
    Language: English

    The image of Julia Domna, wife of Roman emperor Severus (192–211), was ubiquitous in her time. Her visage could be found gracing everything from state-commissioned art to privately owned ivory dolls. The imperial empire equated her to the great mother goddess, Cybele, endowing her with an unprecedented power above other imperial women. In Maternal Megalomania, Julie Langford unmasks this maternal ideal as a campaign on the part of the administration to garner support for Severus and his sons.Julia Domna accrued an impressive array of titles in her lifetime; most were concerned with maternity, whether it was the role of mother to her two sons (both future emperors) or as the metaphorical mother to the empire. In actuality, Julia Domna’s life was punctuated by murder, civil war, adultery, and incest. Langford looks to numismatic, literary, and archaeological evidence to reconstruct the propaganda surrounding the empress. She explores how her image was tailored toward different populations, including the military, the Senate, and the general population, and applies the case of Julia Domna to a broader context regarding the relationship between the ruling class and its subjects.

    Preface
    Introduction
    Julia Domna Who?
    Carving Out a Niche
    Severan Dynastic Propaganda and Julia Domna
    Not Your Momma Problematizing Julia Domna as the Mater Castrorum
    Women and the Military
    Faustina the Younger: The Mother of All" Mothers of the Camp
    The Military and the Domus Augusta: All in the Family?
    Severus and the Mater Castrorum Title
    Severus, the Military, and Julia Domna
    About Face!
    Conclusion
    Romancing the Romans Julia Domna and the Populus Romanus
    The Nature of the Sources
    The Princeps and the Plebs
    The Roman Populace, Public Demonstrations, and Divine Inspiration
    Severan Propaganda and the Urban Plebs
    Roman Matrona, Mother, and Protectress
    Severus, the Populus Romanus, and the Collegia
    And Julia Domna?
    But What Does It All Mean?
    Mater Senatus, Mater Patriae Julia Domna as Senatorial Savior
    Natural Rivals: Imperial Women and the Senate
    Severus's Senate
    Creating Consensus in the Senate: Wooing, Marginalizing, and
    Exterminating
    Negotiating Dynasty: Maternal Megalomania and Senatorial Subversions
    Julia Domna in Cassius Dio
    Moderating Maternal Megalomania
    Conclusion
    Ideological Crisis
    On the Dangers of Taking Ideology Too Seriously
    Hoard Details of the Severan Hoard Analysis Database by Clare Rowan
    Frequency of Julia Domna Coin Types in Hoards around the Mediterranean
    Dating the Mater Senatus, Mater Patriae Titles
    Notes
    Bibliography
    Index

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