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Diotima: Women & Gender in the Ancient World. Call for Collaborators to The On-line Companion to The Worlds of Roman Women The On-Line Companion to the Focus Reader, The Worlds of Roman Women, expands the book's wide representation of Latin texts by and about women dating from the earliest periods through the fourth century CE.

Diotima: Women & Gender in the Ancient World

The medium of a website, moreover, offers the opportunity to integrate visuals to texts, thus enabling users to make connections between language and material culture. Diotima. (reprinted with permission of journal and author from ELECTRONIC ANTIQUITY, Vol. 4 Issue 1 - August 1997) Ambiguity and the Female Warrior: Vergil's Camilla Trudy Harrington Becker Classical Studies Program, Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia 24061-0227, U.S.A. e-mail: In Book 7 of Vergil's Aeneid, the maiden warrior Camilla leads her people to join the forces of Turnus, who prepares for battle against his fated adversary, the Trojan Aeneas.


Camilla occupies a place of no little significance in the catalogue of Turnus' allies: she appears last, a position usually reserved in epic for a warrior of great merit and reputation. 15 Interesting Women of Ancient Rome. History Women in ancient Rome were not allowed any direct role in politics.

15 Interesting Women of Ancient Rome

Nevertheless, women often took on powerful roles behind the scenes, whether in the realm of their own family, or in the elite world of government. Here’s a list of some of the most influential and memorable ancient Roman women. Aurelia Cotta, who lived from 120 to 54 BC, was the mother of Julius Caesar. Her husband died young, and before that, was away most of the time, so she was the one in charge of raising Caesar along with his two sisters (both named Julia – one the future grandmother of Augustus).

Lucilla was born around 150 AD, to the emperor Marcus Aurelius. Hortensia (orator) - Wikipedia. Little is known about the life of Hortensia aside from her career as an orator.

Hortensia (orator) - Wikipedia

She was the daughter of Quintus Hortensius (114 - 50 BC) apparently by his first wife Lutatia. Her father was well-known among Romans due to his moving sermons on history and law and rivalry with fellow orator Marcus Tullius Cicero. As a member of the aristocracy, Hortensia grew up in a wealthy household, and thus, had access to Greek and Latin literature from a young age. She later concentrated on the study of rhetoric by reading speeches from the likes of her father and prominent Greek orators. Encyclopedia of Women in the Ancient World - Joyce E. Salisbury. WLGR. Public Life 176.


Hortensia's speech. Rome, 42 B.C. (Appian, Civil Wars 4.32-4, 2nd cent. A.D. Since Appian wrote in Greek during the second century A.D., what follows is his own version of what Hortensia said, though it is known (cf. no. 211) that her speech was preserved and read many years after it was delivered. 32. 'As was appropriate for women like ourselves when addressing a petition to you, we rushed to your womenfolk.

Carthago-Delenda-Est, Badass Roman women: Hortensia the Orator. Hortensia – fl. 42 BCE – Rome – Rebel Women Embroidery. Hortensia was celebrated in the final years of the Roman Republic for her oration (public speaking) and in particular an impassioned speech she gave before the three most important men of her generation.

Hortensia – fl. 42 BCE – Rome – Rebel Women Embroidery

Public oratory was central to the life of a Roman citizen. Careers were built and destroyed based on a politician’s ability to speak in public and persuade the people with eloquence and reason. Courts of law held rhetoric in high esteem, and having a lawyer who could speak well was often more important than evidence and justice. Hortensia’s father, Quintus Hortensius, was a highly skilled orator, and rival to Cicero, the greatest speaker of the time. He ensured that his intelligent daughter received an education unusual for women at the time.

She likely married her second cousin, Quintus Servilius Caepio, who left her widowed in 67 BCE. In 42 BCE, Rome was being managed under the uneasy triumvirate of Octavian, Marc Antony and Lepidus, who were at war with Caesar’s assassins. References: Notable Women of the Roman Republic: Hortensia. Hortensia was the daughter of Quintus Hortensius Hortalus, 114 BC to 56 BC.

Notable Women of the Roman Republic: Hortensia

Hortensius was regarded by many as the best legal advocate and orator of his day, rivaled only by the great Marcus Tullius Cicero. Hortensia, growing up in her father’s household was well educated and had studied Greek and Roman history, philosophy and rhetoric. Women were entirely excluded from any official role in Roman politics and it is likely that Hortensia’s rhetorical gifts would have gone un-noticed but for some extremely unusual circumstances in Roman history.

In 44 BC Julius Caesar was assassinated by a conspiracy of Roman patricians intent upon restoring the republic. These men, led by Marcus Junius Brutus and Gaius Cassius Longinus felt that Caesar had the ambition to become king of Rome and would abolish the republic. The Women of Pliny's Letters - Jo-Ann Shelton.