Great Women of Imperial Rome

Great Women of Imperial Rome


By (author) Jasper Burns

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  • Publisher: ROUTLEDGE
  • Format: Hardback | 376 pages
  • Dimensions: 160mm x 234mm x 23mm | 748g
  • Publication date: 31 March 2007
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0415408970
  • ISBN 13: 9780415408974
  • Illustrations note: 4 black & white tables, 306 black & white halftones, 8 black & white line drawings

Product description

Drawing from a broad range of documentation this book vividly characterizes eleven royal women who are brought visually to life through photographs of over 300 ancient coins and through the author's own illustrations. Spanning the period from the death of Julius Caesar in 44BC to the third century AD, and with an epilogue surveying empresses of later eras, the author's compelling biographies reveal their remarkable contributions towards the legacy of Imperial Rome. Examining the wives, daughters, sisters and mothers of emperors, the study includes: * a pregnant Roman princess who saves a Roman army through an act of personal heroism * three third-century empresses who rule the most powerful state on Earth, presiding over unprecedented social and political reform * an empress, though revered by her husband, is immortalized in history for infidelity and corruption by students of her greatest enemy. Jasper Burns paints portraits of these exceptional women that are colourful, sympathetic, and above all profoundly human. This book will be highly valuable to numismatists, students and scholars of Roman history or women's studies.

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Table of contents

List of Figures; List of Maps; List of Genealogical Tables; Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. Livia -- First Lady of the Empire; 2. Antonia -- "Supreme in Beauty and Mind"; 3. Agrippina the Elder -- Heroine of the Rhine Bridge; 4. Agrippina the Younger -- Sister of Caligula, Mother of Nero; 5. Domitia Longina -- The Survivor; 6. Plotina -- The New Livia; 7. Sabina -- Wife of the "Greekling"; 8. Faustina the Elder -- The Eternal Empress; 9. Faustina the Younger: A New Messalina?; 10. Julia Domna -- The Philosopher; 11. Julia Mamaea -- A Woman in Charge; 12. Epilogue - The Later Roman Empresses; Appendix: Chronology of the Roman Empire; Notes; Bibliography; Numismatic References; Index