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Servilia and her Family

Susan Treggiari


Servilia is often cited as one of the most influential women of the late Roman Republic. Though she was a high-born patrician, her grandfather died disgraced and her controversial father was killed before he could stand for the consulship. She married twice, but both husbands, Marcus Iunius Brutus and Decimus Iunius Silanus, were mediocre. Her position in society and (it may be conjectured) her contacts, personality, ability, and charm gave her influence. It is likely that she masterminded the distinguished marriages of her one son, Brutus, and her three daughters. During her second marriage s ... More

Keywords: Servilia, Caesar, Brutus, Roman society, Roman women

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198829348
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198829348.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susan Treggiari, author
Bass Professor Emeritus in the School of Humanities and Sciences (Department of Classics), Stanford University; retired member of the Faculty of Classics, University of Oxford