Roman Girlhood and the Fashioning of Femininity (Paperback)
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Roman Girlhood and the Fashioning of Femininity (Paperback)

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Paperback 194 Pages / Published: 24/01/2019
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Elite women in the Roman world were often educated, socially prominent, and even relatively independent. Yet the social regime that ushered these same women into marriage and childbearing at an early age was remarkably restrictive. In the first book-length study of girlhood in the early Roman Empire, Lauren Caldwell investigates the reasons for this paradox. Through an examination of literary, legal, medical, and epigraphic sources, she identifies the social pressures that tended to overwhelm concerns about girls' individual health and well-being. In demonstrating how early marriage was driven by a variety of concerns, including the value placed on premarital virginity and paternal authority, this book enhances an understanding of the position of girls as they made the transition from childhood to womanhood.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781108730259
Number of pages: 194


MEDIA REVIEWS
'Roman Girlhood and the Fashioning of Femininity offers a sustained and subtle account of a group only glimpsed fleetingly in the ancient sources.' Eve D'Ambra, Bryn Mawr Classical Review
"Roman Girlhood and the Fashioning of Femininity offers a sustained and subtle account of a group only glimpsed fleetingly in the ancient sources." Eve D'Ambra, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

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