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Gender, Domesticity, and the Age of Augustus: Inventing Private Life

Kristina Milnor


The age of Augustus has long been recognised as a time when the Roman state put a new emphasis on ‘traditional’ feminine domestic ideals, yet at the same time gave real public prominence to certain women in their roles as wives, mothers, sisters, and daughters. This book takes up a series of texts and their contexts in order to explore this paradox. Through an examination of authors such as Vitruvius, Livy, Valerius Maximus, Seneca the Elder, and L. Junius Moderatus Columella, the book argues that female domesticity was both a principle and a problem for early imperial writers, as they sought ... More

Keywords: Roman empire, Augustus, public life, women, domesticity, Vitruvius, Livy, Valerius Maximus, Seneca the Elder

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199235728
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199235728.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kristina Milnor, author
Assistant Professor of Classics, Barnard College, Columbia University
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