The Roman Mistress: Ancient and Modern Representations

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From Latin love poetry's dominating and enslaving beloveds, to modern popular culture's infamous Cleopatras and Messalinas, representations of the Roman mistress (or the mistress of Romans) have brought into question both ancient and modern genders and political systems. The Roman Mistress explores representations of transgressive women in Latin love poetry and British television drama, in Roman historiography and nineteenth-century Italian anthropology, on classical coinage and college websites, as poetic ...
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Overview

From Latin love poetry's dominating and enslaving beloveds, to modern popular culture's infamous Cleopatras and Messalinas, representations of the Roman mistress (or the mistress of Romans) have brought into question both ancient and modern genders and political systems. The Roman Mistress explores representations of transgressive women in Latin love poetry and British television drama, in Roman historiography and nineteenth-century Italian anthropology, on classical coinage and college websites, as poetic metaphor and in the Hollywood star system. In an accessible style, the book makes a contribution to feminist scholarship on antiquity, the classical tradition, and cultural studies.
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"Wyke's essays...powerfully demonstrated the artificiality of the elegiac world, its women in particular. Wyke's key insight about love elegy is that...the elegiac woman has everything to do with the construction of a provocative male persona, and very little to do with women per se."--Times Literary Supplement

"The material that Wyke has unearthed...is an extraordinary mixture of kitsch, glamour and classically inspired wit."--Mary Beard, London Review of Books

"It is impossible to represent the complexity and subtleties of Wyke's arguments in a short review, and that is the reason to read her book.... The Roman Mistress is a useful read for anyone who wishes to understand the feminist perspective on Roman elegy.... Wyke's book is essential reading for those who wish to learn how the Classics have been adapted for twentieth and twenty-first century audiences."--New England Classical Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199228331
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 12/7/2007
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Maria Wyke is Senior Lecturer in Classics at the University of Reading

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Introduction 1
Pt. 1 Love Poetry
1 Mistress and Metaphor in Augustan Elegy 11
2 Written Women: Propertius' scripta puella (2.10-13) 46
3 The Elegiac Woman at Rome: Propertius Book 4 78
4 Reading Female Flesh: Ovid Amores 3.1 115
5 Taking the Woman's Part: Gender and Scholarship on Love Elegy 155
Pt. 2 Reception
6 Meretrix regina: Augustan Cleopatras 195
7 Oriental Vamp: Cleopatra 1910s 244
8 Glamour Girl: Cleopatra 1930s-1960s 279
9 Meretrix Augusta: Messalina 1870s-1920s 321
10 Suburban Feminist: Messalina 1930s-1970s 352
Bibliography 391
Index of Classical Passages Cited 429
General Index 437
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