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Reading Roman Women

Sources, Genres and Real Life

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Reading Roman Women by Suzanne Dixon
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Roman women were either luxurious sluts or domestic paragons - at least according to the elite men who wrote Roman history and poetry. These authors, preoccupied with masculine pursuits, introduced women into their works to make a moral point. Even Roman tombstones and the law showcase feminine virtues and reflect biases about "female nature". We also have our own prejudices about ancient Rome and Roman women. Derived from film, television and sensational novels, these prejudices affect the way we "read" the ancient material. So how do we retrieve the lives of "real women"? In this treatment Suzanne Dixon presents a range of examples to support her argument that our ideas of what we "know" about women's work, sexuality, commerce and political activity in the Roman world have been shaped by the format, or genre, of each ancient source. She sugguests ways in which we can read the evidence (including what is left out) more critically. she considers legendary heroines like Verginia and Lucretia and what they tell us about Roman attitudes to rape and women's chastity. She has a sympathetic take on notorious bad girls like Clodia and Messalina and tries to retrieve less spectacular women from the meagre non-literary sources. She introduces us to a huge cast of Roman women, not only the larger-than-life decadents of the Roman orgy, but the small traders of Ostia, the spinners, prostitutes and barmaids celebrated in Pompeian graffiti and the prosperous businesswomen and landowneers of Rome and the Bay of Naples.

Author Biography

Suzanne Dixon is Professor of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Queensland, Australia. She has written a number of books and articles on Roman legal and social history.
Release date NZ
June 21st, 2001
Author
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
1, black & white illustrations
Imprint
Bristol Classical Press
Pages
266
Dimensions
191x235x14
ISBN-13
9780715629819
Product ID
2059878

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