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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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Women and Latin Poetry in Late Antiquity

Women and Latin Poetry in Late Antiquity

(p.59) 3 Women and Latin Poetry in Late Antiquity
Women Latin Poets

Jane Stevenson (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter examines the extent to which the Christianization of the Roman empire made a difference to women's access to public life: as heiresses, benefactors, martyrs, and teachers. Christian women scholars in the circle of St Jerome and elsewhere are mentioned. The literacy of post-Constantinian empresses and women of the senatorial aristocracy, and their expanding role in public life are discussed. Proba's Cento is examined in its social and political context, and the comparable Greek cento of the augusta Eudocia. The Christian hostility to classical learning is also discussed. The chapter ends with a consideration of the last pagan poets, notably the Pervigilium Veneris, and the first Christian nuns and their verse production.

Keywords:   women heiresses, women martyrs, women scholars, Jerome, Paula, augustae, senatorial aristocracy, Proba, centos, Pervigilium Veneris

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