Engendering Rome: Women in Latin Epic by A. M. KeithEngendering Rome: Women in Latin Epic by A. M. Keith

Engendering Rome: Women in Latin Epic

byA. M. Keith

Paperback | March 28, 2000

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This study examines the role of female characters in the Roman epic poetry of Virgil, Ovid and other writers. Its five chapters argue that the feminized landscapes, militaristic women, and beautiful female corpses of the Roman epic tradition should be interpreted in conjunction with the use of the genre by ancient educators as a means of inculcating Roman codes of masculinity and femininity in their pupils. The issues addressed are of interest not just to classicists but also to students of later poetic traditions and to those pursuing gender studies.
Title:Engendering Rome: Women in Latin EpicFormat:PaperbackDimensions:162 pages, 7.8 × 5.08 × 0.39 inPublished:March 28, 2000Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:052155621x

ISBN - 13:9780521556217

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: gender and genre; 2. Epic and education: the construction of Roman masculinity; 3. The ground of representation; 4. Exordia pugnae: engendering war; 5. Over her dead body; 6. Epilogue.

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This scholarly text is an in-depth study of the female characters that populate epic Roman poetry. A.M Keith argues that the feminized landscapes, warrior women and fetishized female corpses that characterized the poetry of Virgil, Ovid and others were used by Roman teachers to inculcate codes of masculinity and femininity in their pupils. The issues addressed in Engendering Rome Women in Latin Epic will be of interest to classicists, students of later poetic traditions and to those pursuing gender studies.

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"...a compact but compelling book that makes it impossible to ignore gender roles in Roman literature. Engendering Rome makes an important contribution to Roman studies, gender studies, and comparative literature. Written for students, generalists, and specialists alike, it is essential for undergraduate and graduate collcetions." Choice