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Roman Women

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Part of Cambridge Introduction to Roman Civilization

  • Date Published: December 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521521581

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  • This book examines the daily lives of Roman women by focusing on the mundane and less celebrated aspects of daily life - family and household, work and leisure, worship and social obligations - of women of different social ranks. Using a variety of sources, including literary texts, letters, inscriptions, coins, tableware, furniture, and the fine arts, from the late Republic to the high Imperial period, Eve D'Ambra shows how these sources serve as objects of social analysis, rather than simply as documents that recreate how life was lived. She also demonstrates how texts and material objects take part in shaping realities and what they can tell us about the texture of lives and social attitudes, if not emotions of women in Roman antiquity.

    • Emphasizes image and ancient textual sources, even when they disagree
    • Makes the material accessible without oversimplifying or losing complexity
    • Gives a sense of the texture of lives with discussion of unusual artifacts, such as girls' dolls or women's cosmetics
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    "D'Ambra's prose is refined and witty yet completely coherent. ...She creates a solid introduction to the study of Roman women without relying solely on material that can be found elsewhere. She allows students new to Roman women the opportunity to confront a balanced mix of people, events, and objects. While the book is intended to serve as an introduction, it provides detailed and concise information with avenues for more in-depth studies and will make an excellent textbook for any college course on women in Rome." BMCR

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521521581
    • length: 238 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.461kg
    • contains: 42 b/w illus. 57 colour illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Gender and status
    2. Marriage and family
    3. Women's work
    4. Public life
    Glossary
    Roman authors
    Selected bibliography.

  • Author

    Eve D'Ambra, Vassar College, New York
    Eve D'Ambra is chair and professor of art at Vassar College. She is the author of Roman Art (Cambridge, 1998).

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