Roman Women, Gender Qualities and Conjugal Relationships at the Turn of the First Century
This work analyses well-known, as well as overlooked, passages from the writings of Pliny the Younger, Tacitus, Suetonius, Quintilian, Statius, Martial and Juvenal and sheds new light on Roman views of women and their abilities, on the notions of private and public and on conjugal relationships. In the process, the famous sixth satire of Juvenal is revisited and its topic reassessed, providing further insights into the complex issues of gender roles, marriage and emotions. By contrasting representations of women across a broad spectrum of literary genres, this book provides consistent findings that have wide significance for the study of Latin literature and the social history of the late first and early second centuries.
Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 1 Introduction Paete, non dolet. ‘Paetus, it does not hurt’.1 — Plin. epist. 3.16.6. This quote is the epitome of an event so famous that it has become part of the collective psyche of scholars of antiquity and does not raise any eyebrows....
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