Hidden Lives, Public Personae: Women and Civic Life in the Roman West

Hardcover | October 14, 2015

byEmily Hemelrijk

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Roman 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, thisbooks 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 theAugustales) 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 theircontributions 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.

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Roman 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, thisbooks offers a new view on Roman women and urb...

Emily 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 and the edited volumes Roman Rule and Civic Life: Local and Regional Perspectives, with Luuk de Ligt and H.W. Singor, and...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:648 pages, 9.29 × 6.42 × 1.5 inPublished:October 14, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190251883

ISBN - 13:9780190251888

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Table of Contents

PrefaceA Note on TranslationsAbbreviationsMapsIntroduction1. A World Full of Cities2. Civic Priesthoods3. civic Benefactresses4. Social Networks and Civic Associations5. Civic Patronage and 'Motherhood' of Cities and Associations6. Public HonourConclusionsAppendix: Tables to Chapters 2-6