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Motherhood and the OtherFashioning Female Power in Flavian Epic$
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Antony Augoustakis

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199584413

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199584413.001.0001

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Playing the Same: Roman and Non‐Roman Mothers in the Punica

Playing the Same: Roman and Non‐Roman Mothers in the Punica

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Motherhood and the Other

Antony Augoustakis (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter examines the portrayal of Imilce, Hannibal's wife, and Masinissa's mother, i.e. of two women from the periphery of the empire, to demonstrate the significance of gendered otherness. Imilce is fashioned as a reasonable Roman matrona, who denounces child-sacrifice, yet she is marked as a hybridic, unclassified, other. By contrast, Masinissa's mother promotes alliance with the Romans and is placed within reach of the centre, as she preaches Roman ideals of fidelity and piety. At the end, Claudia Quinta's intervention for the arrival of Cybele, a foreign deity, proves that the conflation of Romanness and otherness is no longer a threat but a necessary condition for a prosperous future.

Keywords:   Punica, Imilce, Masinissa's mother, Claudia Quinta, Cybele, Romanness, otherness

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