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The Resource Reading Roman women : sources, genres, and real life, Suzanne Dixon

Reading Roman women : sources, genres, and real life, Suzanne Dixon

Label
Reading Roman women : sources, genres, and real life
Title
Reading Roman women
Title remainder
sources, genres, and real life
Statement of responsibility
Suzanne Dixon
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Roman women were either luxurious sluts or domestic paragons - at least according to the elite men who wrote Roman history and poetry. These authors, preoccupied with masculine pursuits, introduced women into their works to make a moral point. Even Roman tombstones and the law emphasise feminine virtues and reflect biases about female nature. We also have our own prejudices about ancient Rome and Roman women. Derived from film, television and sensational novels, these prejudices affect the way we 'read' the ancient material. So how do we retrieve the lives of 'real' women?" "In this original treatment Suzanne Dixon presents a range of examples to show that our ideas of what we know about women's work, sexuality, commerce and political activity in the Roman world have been shaped by the format, or genre, of each ancient source. She suggests ways in which we can read the evidence (including what is left out) more critically. She considers legendary heroines like Verginia and Lucretia and what they tell us about Roman attitudes to rape and women's chastity. She has a sympathetic take on notorious bad girls like Clodia and Messalina and tries to retrieve less spectacular women from the meagre non-literary sources. She introduces us to a huge cast of Roman women, not only the larger-than-life Decadents of the Roman orgy, but the small traders of Ostia, the spinners, prostitutes and barmaids celebrated in Pompeian graffiti and the prosperous businesswomen and landowners of Rome and the Bay of Naples."--Jacket
Cataloging source
UKM
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Dixon, Suzanne
Dewey number
305.420937
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
HQ1136
LC item number
.D59 2001
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Women
  • Women
  • Femmes
  • Femmes
  • Women
  • Women
  • Rome (Empire)
  • Vrouwen
  • Geschiedbronnen
  • Romeinse oudheid
  • Frau
  • Römisches Reich
Label
Reading Roman women : sources, genres, and real life, Suzanne Dixon
Link
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm44786351
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiv, 242 pages
Isbn
9780715629819
Lccn
2001409328
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o44786351
  • (OCoLC)44786351
Label
Reading Roman women : sources, genres, and real life, Suzanne Dixon
Link
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm44786351
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiv, 242 pages
Isbn
9780715629819
Lccn
2001409328
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o44786351
  • (OCoLC)44786351

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