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Women Latin PoetsLanguage, Gender, and Authority from Antiquity to the Eighteenth Century$
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Jane Stevenson

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780198185024

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198185024.001.0001

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Epigraphy as a Source for Early Imperial Women's Verse 1

Epigraphy as a Source for Early Imperial Women's Verse 1

(p.49) 2 Epigraphy as a Source for Early Imperial Women's Verse1
Women Latin Poets

Jane Stevenson (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

The case for epigraphy as a source for women's verse production in Imperial Rome is considered. Evidence for women's literacy in the Roman empire, including non-literary sources such as graffiti and curse-tablets, is presented. The circumstances of production of epigraphic poetry are examined. The chapter also considers a variety of specific poems attributed to women, and the evidence they reveal of interpersonal relations, particularly Terentia's poem on the death of her brother.

Keywords:   epigraphic verse, literacy in the Roman empire, graffiti, curse-tablets, family relationships, Terentia

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