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

Emily Hemelrijk


This book discusses women’s participation in civic life in the cities of Italy and the Latin-speaking provinces of the Roman Empire from the late first century BC to the late third century AD (roughly the Roman Principate). Excluding empresses and other women of the imperial family, it focuses on the civic roles of non-imperial women in Italian and provincial towns on the basis of a corpus of approximately 1,400 inscriptions and, to a lesser extent, honorific portrait statues. Separate chapters deal with women’s activities as priestesses, benefactresses, and patronesses or ‘mothers’ of cities ... More

Keywords: Roman Empire, gender, priestesses, benefactresses, city patronesses, patronesses of collegia, mothers of cities, mothers of collegia, female portrait statues, Roman cities, inscriptions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780190251888
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190251888.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Emily Hemelrijk, author
Professor of Ancient History, University of Amsterdam