Roman Women / Edition 1

Roman Women / Edition 1

by Augusto Fraschetti
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226260941

ISBN-13: 9780226260945

Pub. Date: 04/28/1999

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

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…  See more details below

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226260945
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
04/28/1999
Edition description:
1
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Translator's Acknowledgments
Introduction Augusto Fraschetti
1. Claudia the Vestal Virgin John Scheid
2. Cornelia the Matron Corrado Petrocelli
3. Fulvia the Woman of Passion Catherine Virlouvet
4. Lycoris the Mime Giusto Traina
5. Livia the Politician Augusto Fraschetti
6. Perpetua the Martyr Emanuela Prinzivalli
7. Helena Augusta: From Innkeeper to Empress Franca Ela Consolino
8. Hypatia the Intellectual Silvia Ronchey
9. Melania the Saint Andrea Giardina
Bibliographic Notes
Index

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