Julia Domna: Syrian Empress (Paperback)
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Short Description for Julia Domna Contains a different reassessment of the one of the most significant figures of her time and questions. This book covers Julia Domna's life, and charts her travels throughout the Empire from Aswan to York during a period of profound upheaval, seeking the truth about this woman who inspired such extreme and contrasting views.
- Published: 21 June 2007
- Format: Paperback 288 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780415331449 ISBN 10: 0415331447
- Sales rank: 526,482
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This book covers Julia's life, and charts her travels throughout the Empire from Aswan to York during a period of profound upheaval, seeking the truth about this woman who inspired such extreme and contrasting views, exposing the instability of our sources about her, and characterizing a sympathetic, courageous, intelligent, and important woman. This book contains a fresh reassessment of the one of the most significant figures of her time and questions: Was Julia more powerful than earlier empresses? Did she really promote despotism? How seriously is her literary circle to be taken? As part of a dynasty which used force and violence to preserve its rule, she was distrusted by its subjects; as a Syrian, she was the object of prejudice; as a woman with power, she was resented. On the other hand, Domna was the centre of a literary circle considered highly significant by nineteenth-century admirers.