Julia Domna

Julia Domna : Syrian Empress

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This book covers Julia's life, and charts her travels throughout the Empire from Aswan to York during a period of profound upheaval, and seeks the truth about this woman who inspired such extreme and contrasting views, exposing the instability of our sources about her, and characterizing a sympathetic, courageous, intelligent, and important woman. This book contains a fresh re-assessment of the one of the most significant figures of her time and questions: * Was Julia more powerful than earlier empresses? * Did she really promote despotism? * How seriously is her literary circle to be taken? As part of a dynasty which used force and violence to preserve its rule, she was distrusted by its subjects; as a Syrian, she was the object of prejudice; as a woman with power, she was resented. On the other hand, Domna was the centre of a literary circle considered highly significant by nineteenth-century admirers.

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  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 154 x 232 x 18mm | 439.99g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • LondonUnited Kingdom
  • English
  • New.
  • 33 black & white halftones, 5 black & white line drawings
  • 0415331447
  • 9780415331449
  • 619,831

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