Roman Wives, Roman Widows

Roman Wives, Roman Widows

by Bruce W. Winter
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0802849717

ISBN-13: 9780802849717

Pub. Date: 11/01/2003

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

During the late Republic and early Empire, the 'new woman' made her appearance. This was a wife or widow of means who took part in life outside the walls of her house, including wider society, business and extra-marital affairs. Winter's specialised study investigates the reasons for this social change, asking what conditions had emerged that allowed women to have

Overview

During the late Republic and early Empire, the 'new woman' made her appearance. This was a wife or widow of means who took part in life outside the walls of her house, including wider society, business and extra-marital affairs. Winter's specialised study investigates the reasons for this social change, asking what conditions had emerged that allowed women to have affairs with immunity and divorce their husbands, reclaiming their dowries. Initially Winter searches for evidence of the 'new woman' in the literature of the period, notably in the works of Catullus and Ovid, before examining in detail the place of women and marriage in law, the Roman ideal of the perfect wife, and the role of the Christian church in bringing wives back into the fold of their families and respectability .

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802849717
Publisher:
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
Publication date:
11/01/2003
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.54(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface....................xi
Abbreviations....................xvi
1. The Search for a Setting....................1
2. The Appearance of New Wives....................17
3. New Wives and New Legislation....................39
4. New Wives and Philosophical Responses....................59
5. The Appearance of Unveiled Wives in 1 Corinthians 11:2-16....................77
6. Deciphering the Married Woman's Appearance, 1 Timothy 2:9-15....................97
7. The Appearance of Young Widows, 1 Timothy 5:11-15....................123
8. The Appearance of Young Wives, Titus 2:3-5....................141
9. The Appearance of Women in the Public Sphere....................173
Appendix: Women in Civic Affairs....................205
Bibliography....................212
Index of Subjects....................224
Index of Modern Authors....................228
Index of Scripture and Other Ancient Sources....................231

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