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The Women of Pliny's Letters

The Women of Pliny's Letters

Jo-Ann Shelton
July 13, 2017

Pliny's letters offer a significant source of information about the lives of Roman women (predominantly, though not exclusively, upper-class women) during the late first and early second centuries CE. In the 368 letters included in his ten published books of epistles, Pliny mentions over 30 women...

Cornelia: Mother of the Gracchi

Cornelia: Mother of the Gracchi

Suzanne Dixon
May 21, 2007

Examining the remarkable life of Cornelia, famed as the epitome of virtue, fidelity and intelligence, Suzanne Dixon presents an in-depth study of the woman who perhaps represented the ideal of the Roman matrona more than any other. Studying her life during a period of political turmoil, Dixon...

Julia Domna: Syrian Empress

Julia Domna: Syrian Empress

Barbara Levick
May 10, 2007

This book covers Julia’s life, and charts her travels throughout the Empire from Aswan to York during a period of profound upheaval, and seeks the truth about this woman who inspired such extreme and contrasting views, exposing the instability of our sources about her, and characterizing a...

Terentia, Tullia and Publilia: The Women of Cicero's Family

Terentia, Tullia and Publilia: The Women of Cicero's Family

Susan Treggiari
April 12, 2007

Studying references and writings in over 900 personal letters, an unparalleled source, this book presents a rounded and intriguing account of the three women who, until now, have only survived as secondary figures to Cicero. In a field where little is really known about Cicero’s family, Susan...

Julia Augusti

Julia Augusti

Elaine Fantham
June 21, 2006

This scholarly biography details the life of an extraordinary woman in an extraordinary society. Julia Augusti studies the life of the only daughter of Augustus, the first Roman emperor, and the father who sacrificed his daughter and her children in order to establish a dynasty. Studying the...

Olympias: Mother of Alexander the Great

Olympias: Mother of Alexander the Great

Elizabeth Carney
June 08, 2006

The definitive guide to the life of the first woman to play a major role in Greek political history, this is the first modern biography of Olympias. Presenting a critical assessment of a fascinating and wholly misunderstood figure, Elizabeth Carney penetrates myth, fiction and sexual politics and...

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