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Reproducing Rome: Motherhood in Virgil, Ovid, Seneca, and Statius

Mairéad McAuley


In the conservative and competitive society of ancient Rome, where the law of the father (patria potestas) was supposedly absolute, motherhood took on complex aesthetic, moral, and political meanings in elite literary discourse. This book explores the representation of maternity in the Roman literature of the first century CE, a period of intense social upheaval and reorganization as Rome was transformed from a republic to a form of hereditary monarchy under Emperor Augustus. Through close readings of the works of Virgil, Ovid, Seneca, and Statius, scrutinizing in depth the gender dynamics tha ... More

Keywords: Rome, Roman women, Latin literature, Augustan literature, Neronian literature, Flavian poetry, Virgil, Ovid, Seneca, Statius, motherhood, maternity, maternal, psychoanalysis

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199659364
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199659364.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mairéad McAuley, author
Lecturer in Classics, University College London