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Roman Women
Author: Paul Chrystal

ISBN: 9781781552872
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 6 July 2015
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6 x 1.8
Description:
Generally women in ancient Rome led modest, unobtrusive and restricted lives - apart, that is, from a number who broke the mould.Using historical sources ( Livy, Suetonius, et al) as well as numismatic and sculptural evidence, Rome Women details the lives of Rome's most influential women to examine, uniquely, what effect they had on contemporary politics, and or how far they and their reputations and actions reflected and affected women generally in Roman society.

No existing book provides biographies of these extraordinary women and then examines the contemporary and later socio-political effects they had. Existing titles look at the bad women - notably the wives and mothers of emperors; Rome Women does that but also, uniquely, examines the good women too: the icons and the role models. No other book puts all if this in a socio-political context to form valuable conclusions about the effect these women had on Roman politics and society down the years.

Good women such as Lucretia and Cornelia and the loyal wives described by Tacitus and Pliny are covered as are less virtuous but sophisticated and permissive women such as Clodia, Sempronia, Cyn...

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