Servilia and her Family


Author: Susan Treggiari

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0192564641

Category: History

Page: 431

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Servilia is often cited as one of the most influential women of the late Roman Republic. Though she was a high-born patrician, her grandfather died disgraced and her controversial father was killed before he could stand for the consulship; she herself married twice, but both husbands were mediocre. Nevertheless, her position in the ruling class still afforded her significant social and political power, and it is likely that she masterminded the distinguished marriages of her one son, Brutus, and her three daughters. During her second marriage she began an affair with Iulius Caesar, which probably lasted for the rest of his life and is further indicative of the force of her charm and her exceptional intelligence. The patchiness of the sources means that a full biography is impossible, though in suggesting connections between the available evidence and the speculative possibilities open to women of Servilia's status this volume aims to offer an insightful reconstruction of her life and position both as a member of the senatorial nobility and within her extended and nuclear family. The best attested period of Servilia's life, for which the chief source is Cicero's letters, follows the murder of Caesar by her son and her son-in-law, Cassius, who were leaders among the crowd of conspirators in the Senate House on the Ides of March in 44 BC. We find her energetically working to protect the assassins' interests, also defending her grandchildren by the Caesarian Lepidus when he was declared a public enemy and his property threatened with confiscation. Exploring the role she played during these turbulent years of the late Republic reveals much about the ways in which Romans of both sexes exerted influence and sought to control outcomes, as well as about the place of women in high society, allowing us to conclude that Servilia wielded her social and political power effectively, though with discretion and within conventional limits.

Poetic Autonomy in Ancient Rome


Author: Luke Roman

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199675635

Category: Art

Page: 380

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Luke Roman offers a major new approach to the study of ancient Roman poetry. In the modern interpretation of art and literature, autonomy is a central concern where 'aesthetic autonomy' refers to the idea that art (literature, music, visual art) belongs to a realm of its own, separate from ordinary activities and everyday concerns. While scholars have often insisted that aesthetic autonomy is a distinctly modern concept and cannot be applied to other historicalperiods, the book argues that poets in ancient Rome employed a distinctive 'rhetoric of autonomy' -- they represented their poetry as different from other cultural products and independent of theordinary logic of social relations.

Christopher Marlowe


Author: Robert A. Logan

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351951645

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 554

View: 7359

In uncovering the origin of the designation 'University Wits', Bob Logan examines the characteristics of the Wits and their influence on the course of Elizabethan drama. For the first time, Christopher Marlowe is placed in the context of the six University Wits, where his reputation stands out as the most prominent, and the impact of his university education on his works is clarified. The essays selected for reprinting assess the most significant scholarship written about Marlowe, including biographical studies, challenges to familiar assumptions about the poet/playwright and his works, compositions on groupings of his works, on individual works, and on subjects particular to Marlowe. Unique in its perspective and in the collection of essays, this book will interest all students and scholars of Renaissance poetry, drama, and specialized cultural contexts.

The Early Modern Medea

Medea in English Literature, 1558–1688


Author: K. Heavey

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137466243

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 273

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This is the first book-length study of early modern English approaches to Medea, the classical witch and infanticide who exercised a powerful sway over literary and cultural imagination in the period 1558-1688. It encompasses poetry, prose and drama, and translation, tragedy, comedy and political writing.

Fasti sacerdotum


Author: Jörg Rüpke

Publisher: Franz Steiner Verlag

ISBN: 9783515074568

Category: History

Page: 1860

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3 Teilbände: Teil 1: Jahres- und Kollegienlisten Teil 2: Biographien (unter Mitarbeit von Anne Glock) Teil 3: Quellenkunde und Organisationsgeschichte, Bibliographie, Register Dieses religionsgeschichtliche Grundlagenwerk leistet eine umfassende Historisierung und Personalisierung der Religionsgeschichte der Stadt Rom in der Antike. Jahrweise und nach Kollegien bzw. Funktionen geordnete Zusammenstellungen sowie knapp 4.000 Biographien von Trägern dauerhafter religiöser Spezialrollen im antiken Rom (darunter ueber 150 juedische und etwa 750 christliche religiöse Biographien) stellen Daten bereit, die eine Aufarbeitung zentraler Probleme insbesondere der Religionsgeschichte der römischen Kaiserzeit erleichtern: Fragen nach dem sozialen Ort von Religion und Kulten, den sozialen wie strukturellen Austauschbeziehungen zwischen den verschiedenen Kulten und Religionen, Organisationsgeschichten einzelner Kulte. Mit der Aufhebung der Trennung ätraditionellerô von äorientalischenô, sozial hochrangigen von niederrangigen, polytheistischen und monotheistischen Religionen wird fuer die römische Religionsgeschichte Neuland betreten. "à ein opus magnum." Sehepunkte äDas monumentale Werk ist ein Meilenstein fuer die Erforschung von Religionen (à ) ein Muster historisch fundierter Religionswissenschaft (à ) Das ist bester methodischer und zuenftiger Standard der Epigraphik (à ) Man kann dem Verfasser nur gratulieren zu diesem auáerordentlichen Werk, das Bestand haben wird und benutzt werden will. Zeitschrift fuer Religionswissenschaft .



Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Classical education

Page: N.A

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Antonia Augusta

Portrait of a Great Roman Lady


Author: Nikos Kokkinos

Publisher: Libri Publications Ltd


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 290

View: 6409

As the daughter of Mark Anthony, mother of Claudius, grandmother of Caligula and great-grandmother of Nero, Antonia Augusta is a significant figure in Roman history with extensive influence. This biography focuses on Antonia's place in political history and is based on the analysis of her portrayal and depiction in inscriptions, coins, papyri, sculpture as well as buildings and monuments which were erected in her honour. The material is also used to present more general reflections on the role of high-profile women in the Roman world, including their opportunities for patronage and their control over their own households. This paperback edition includes a new `Review' chapter which discusses archaeological and historical discoveries made during the ten years since the hardback was published. The book includes registers of inscriptions and coins.

The Woman and the Lyre

Women Writers in Classical Greece and Rome


Author: Jane McIntosh Snyder

Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 199

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"Faint though the voices of the women of Greek and Roman antiquity may be in some cases, their sound, if we listen carefully enough, can fill many of the gaps and silences of women’s past."—from the Conclusion Beginning with Sappho in the seventh century B.C. and ending with Hypatia and Egeria in the fifth century A.D., Jane McIntosh Snyder listens carefully to the major women writers of classical Greece and Rome, piecing together the surviving fragments of their works into a coherent analysis that places them in their literary, historical, and intellectual contexts. While relying heavily on modern classical scholarship, Snyder refutes some of the arguments that implicitly deny the power of women’s written words—the idea that women’s experience is narrow or trivial and therefore automatically inferior as subject matter for literature, the notion that intensity in a woman is a sign of neurotic imbalance, and the assumption that women’s work should be judged according to some externally imposed standard. The author studies the available fragments of Sappho, ranging from poems on mythological themes to traditional wedding songs and love poems, and demonstrates her considerable influence on Western thought and literature. An overview of all of the authors Snyder discusses shows that ancient women writers focused on such things as emotions, lovers, friendship, folk motifs, various aspects of daily living, children, and pets, in distinct contrast to their male contemporaries’ concern with wars and politics. Straightforwardness and simplicity are common characteristics of the writers Snyder examines. These women did not display allusion, indirection, punning and elaborate rhetorical figures to the extent that many male writers of the ancient world did. Working with the sparse records available, Snyder strives to place these female writers in their proper place in our heritage.

Knights Without Armor

A Practical Guide for Men in Quest of Masculine Soul


Author: Aaron R. Kipnis

Publisher: Tarcher


Category: Social Science

Page: 302

View: 2296

Explore's the meaning of being a man today and addresses fathers and sons, mothers and sons, addiction and recovery, grief, work and workaholism, male friendship, men's rights, new rites of passage, and much more