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- DescriptionRoman cities have rarely been studied from the perspective of women, and studies of Roman women mainly focus on the city of Rome. Studying the civic participation of women in the towns of Italy outside Rome and in the numerous cities of the Latin-speaking provinces of the Roman Empire, this books offers a new view on Roman women and urban society in the Roman Principate. Drawing on epigraphy and archaeology, and to a lesser extent on legal and literary texts, women's civic roles as priestesses, benefactresses and patronesses or 'mothers' of cities and associations (collegia and the Augustales) are brought to the fore. In contrast to the city of Rome, which was dominated by the imperial family, wealthy women in the local Italian and provincial towns had ample opportunity to leave their mark on the city. Their motives to spend their money, time and energy for the benefit of their cities and the rewards their contributions earned them take centre stage. Assessing the meaning and significance of their contributions for themselves and their families and for the cities that enjoyed them, the book presents a new and detailed view of the role of women and gender in Roman urban life.
- Author BiographyEmily A. Hemelrijk is professor of Ancient History at the University of Amsterdam. Her research focuses on Roman women. Her books include Matrona Docta. Educated Women in the Roman Elite from Cornelia to Julia Domna (London/New York, 1999 / 2004) and the edited volumes Roman Rule and Civic Life: Local and Regional Perspectives (Amsterdam 2004, with L. de Ligt and H.S. Singor) and Women and the Roman City in the Latin West (Leiden and Boston 2013, with Greg Woolf).
- Author(s)Emily A. Hemelrijk
- PublisherOxford University Press
- Date of Publication15/10/2015
- SubjectAncient History
- Place of PublicationOxford
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintOxford University Press
- Content NoteHalftones: 23 Line art: 57
- Weight1046 g
- Width172 mm
- Height241 mm
- Spine37 mm
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