Messalina: The Life and Times of Rome’s Most Scandalous Empress (Paperback)
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Messalina: The Life and Times of Rome’s Most Scandalous Empress (Paperback)

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Published: 14/03/2024
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A much-needed reappraisal of one of Ancient Rome's most maligned women, Cargill-Martin's incisive biography of the Emperor Claudius' notorious third wife views her actions in the context of the time.

This is the story of Messalina - third wife of Emperor Claudius and one of the most notorious women to have inhabited the Roman world.

According to the Roman historians Tacitus and Suetonius, the Empress Messalina was a sexually insatiable schemer. The tales they told about her – including a twenty-four-hour sex competition with a prostitute – have taken deep root in the Western imagination, but Messalina’s real story is much more complex.

In her reappraisal of one of the most slandered female figures of ancient history, Honor Cargill-Martin finds an intelligent, passionate and ruthless woman who succeeded in asserting herself in the overwhelmingly male world of imperial Roman politics. Rather than setting out to ‘salvage’ Messalina’s reputation, she looks at her life in the context of her time. Above all, she seeks to reclaim the humanity of a life story previously circumscribed by currents of high politics and patriarchy.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
ISBN: 9781801102605
Number of pages: 432
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm

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“Scalpel sharp dissection of history and myth”

Fast paced, quick witted, funny, displaying deep scholarship delivered with the lightest touch.

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“Finally a Messalina not defined by the male gaze!”

Honor Cargill-Martin’s portrait of the infamous empress of ancient Rome is a poignant analysis of a life predominantly misremembered and misinterpreted in favour of a more thrilling story. Instead, the author proves... More

Hardback edition
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“Fresh”

Loved this book. Elegantly written with a fine sense of irony. made me want to take a new look at work on this period.

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