Gender, Domesticity, and the Age of Augustus: Inventing Private Life

Paperback | April 28, 2008

byKristina Milnor

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The age of Augustus has long been recognized as a time when the Roman state put a new emphasis on `traditional' feminine domestic ideals, yet at the same time gave real public prominence to certain women in their roles as wives, mothers, sisters, and daughters. Kristina Milnor takes up aseries of texts and their contexts in order to explore this paradox. Through an examination of authors such as Vitruvius, Livy, Valerius Maximus, Seneca the Elder, and Columella, she argues that female domesticity was both a principle and a problem for early imperial writers, as they sought toconstruct a new definition of who and what constituted Roman public life.

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The age of Augustus has long been recognized as a time when the Roman state put a new emphasis on `traditional' feminine domestic ideals, yet at the same time gave real public prominence to certain women in their roles as wives, mothers, sisters, and daughters. Kristina Milnor takes up aseries of texts and their contexts in order to ex...

Kristina Milnor is Assistant Professor of Classics at Barnard College, Columbia University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.87 inPublished:April 28, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Reading and Writing Gender on the Augustan Palatine2. Other Men's Wives: Domesticity and Display in Vitruvius' `De Architectura'3. Women, History, and the Law4. Domestic Disturbance: Talking about the Triumvirs in the Early Empire5. Natural Urges: Marriage, Philosophy, and the Work of the HouseEpilogue: Burning Down the House: Nero and the End of Julio-Claudian Rule

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`Review from previous edition ...[a] fine new study.'Matthew Leigh, Times Literary Supplement