Like Man, Like Woman: Roman Women, Gender Qualities and Conjugal Relationships at the Turn of the First Century (Paperback)
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Like Man, Like Woman: Roman Women, Gender Qualities and Conjugal Relationships at the Turn of the First Century (Paperback)

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Paperback 201 Pages / Published: 11/07/2013
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Modern scholarship often discusses Roman women in terms of their difference from their male counterparts, frequently defining them as `other'. This book shows how Roman male writers at the turn of the first century actually described women as not so different from men: the same qualities and abilities pertaining to the domains of parenthood, intellect and morals are ascribed by writers to women as well as to men. There are two voices, however: a traditional, ideal voice and an individual, realistic voice. This creates a duality of representations of women, which recurs across literary genres and reflects a duality of mentality. How can we interpret the paradoxical information about Roman women given by the male-authored texts? How does this duality of mentality inform us about gender roles and gender hierarchy?
This work analyses well-known, as well as overlooked, passages from the writings of Pliny the Younger, Tacitus, Suetonius, Quintilian, Statius, Martial and Juvenal and sheds new light on Roman views of women and their abilities, on the notions of private and public and on conjugal relationships. In the process, the famous sixth satire of Juvenal is revisited and its topic reassessed, providing further insights into the complex issues of gender roles, marriage and emotions. By contrasting representations of women across a broad spectrum of literary genres, this book provides consistent findings that have wide significance for the study of Latin literature and the social history of the late first and early second centuries.

Publisher: Verlag Peter Lang
ISBN: 9783039119127
Number of pages: 201
Weight: 300 g
Dimensions: 225 x 150 x 13 mm
Edition: New edition


MEDIA REVIEWS
"The many temptations into enjoyable reflection prove this study to be accomplished, provocative, and very recommendable."
(Wade Richardson, Mouseion: Journal of the Classical Association of Canada 3/2016)

"The first book of Claude-Emmanuelle Centlivres Challet is a readable, creative, and insightful contribution to the study of women, gender, and the relations between the sexes in the roman world. [...] `Like man, like woman' is necessary reading for anyone interested in its still important subject."
(Alex Dressler, Bryn Mawr Classical Review 06/2014)

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