Woman and her Master: Volume 2

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Sydney, Lady Morgan (?1783–1859) is best remembered as a novelist whose highly successful historical romances often dealt with sexual, religious and racial discrimination. This work, published in 1840, examines the role of women in history. Morgan originally planned to write four volumes, but owing to her ill health only the first two, focusing on the Old Testament and classical civilization, were completed. Morgan proposes the view that women were really the dominant sex that shaped human society. She criticizes...

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Sydney, Lady Morgan (?1783–1859) is best remembered as a novelist whose highly successful historical romances often dealt with sexual, religious and racial discrimination. This work, published in 1840, examines the role of women in history. Morgan originally planned to write four volumes, but owing to her ill health only the first two, focusing on the Old Testament and classical civilization, were completed. Morgan proposes the view that women were really the dominant sex that shaped human society. She criticizes the legal discrimination against women that persists even in an age when superiority is no longer defined by sheer physical strength. In Volume 2 she focuses on examples from classical times, particularly some of the most influential Roman empresses. Morgan writes vividly and passionately about the indignities to which women were and are subjected by men.

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Book III continued: 3. Women of classical antiquity continued - the women of Sparta; Book 4: 1. The women of Italy, before the Romans, under the Roman republic; 2. The women of Rome, during the Proscription - Cornelia, Portia, Fulvia; 3. The women of the Empire - Livia, Plancina, the first Agrippina; 4. The women of Rome under the Empire continued - Messalina, Julia, Agrippina; 5. The women of Rome under the Empire continued - Epicharis, Polla Argenteria, Paulina, Pomponia Grecina; 6. The women of the Empire - Sextilia, Veleda, Epinina, Domitia Longina; 7. The women of the Empire - Plotina Pompeia, Julia Sabina; 8. The women of the Empire - Galeria Faustina, Annia Faustina; 9. The women of the Empire - Fadilla, Marcia, Lucilla, the Empress Crispina; 10. The women of the Empire - the Empress Julia Domna; 11. The women of the Empire - Julia Maesa, Soaemias, Mammea; 12. The women of the Empire - Paulina, Victoria; 13. The women of the Empire - Zenobia; 14. The women of the Empire - Valeria, Theodora, Prisca, Constantia, Helena.

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