Gender, Domesticity, and the Age of Augustus: Inventing Private Life (Hardback)
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Short Description for Gender, Domesticity, and the Age of Augustus In the early Roman Empire, women's domestic roles were given public prominence. Through an examination of early imperial representations of women's activities and responsibilities within the household, this book argues that this emphasis on private morality is actually a fresh way of understanding the nature of political life.
- Published: 12 January 2006
- Format: Hardback 376 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780199280827 ISBN 10: 0199280827
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The age of Augustus has long been recognized 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. Kristina Milnor 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 Columella, she argues that female domesticity was both a principle and a problem for early imperial writers, as they sought to construct a new definition of who and what constituted Roman public life.