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    DescriptionFrom Latin love poetry's dominating and enslaving beloveds, to modern popular culture's infamous Cleopatras and Messalinas, representations of the Roman mistress (or the mistress of Romans) have brought into question both ancient and modern genders and political systems. The Roman Mistress explores representations of transgressive women in Latin love poetry and British television drama, in Roman historiography and nineteenth-century Italian anthropology, on classical coinage and college websites, as poetic metaphor and in the Hollywood star system. In a highly accessible style, the book makes an important and original contribution simultaneously to feminist scholarship on antiquity, the classical tradition, and cultural studies.


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    Title
    The Roman Mistress
    Subtitle
    Ancient and Modern Representations
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Maria Wyke
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 464
    Width: 137 mm
    Height: 215 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 573 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780199228331
    ISBN 10: 0199228337
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SOC
    BIC subject category V2: HBTB, JFC, HBJD, HBLA, JFSJ1
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAR
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.4
    BIC language qualifier (language as subject) V2: 2ADL
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    Libri: I-HP
    BIC subject category V2: DSBB
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27400
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    BISAC V2.8: LAN009000
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN, CULT/GREECE
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002010
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: DF
    BISAC V2.8: POE008000
    BIC subject category V2: 1QDAR, 2ADL
    DC22: 871.01093543082
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC22: 871.01093543
    BISAC V2.8: HIS054000
    Thema V1.0: JBSF1, NHTB, DSBB, NHD, JBCC, NHC
    Edition statement
    Revised ed.
    Illustrations note
    32 in-text illustrations
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press
    Publication date
    07 December 2007
    Publication City/Country
    Oxford
    Author Information
    Maria Wyke is Senior Lecturer in Classics at the University of Reading.
    Review quote
    "Wyke's essays...powerfully demonstrated the artificiality of the elegiac world, its women in particular. Wyke's key insight about love elegy is that...the elegiac woman has everything to do with the construction of a provocative male persona, and very little to do with women per se."--TimesLiterary Supplement"The material that Wyke has unearthed...is an extraordinary mixture of kitsch, glamour and classically inspired wit."--Mary Beard, London Review of Books"It is impossible to represent the complexity and subtleties of Wyke's arguments in a short review, and that is the reason to read her book.... The Roman Mistress is a useful read for anyone who wishes to understand the feminist perspective on Roman elegy.... Wyke's book is essential reading for those who wish to learn how the Classics have been adapted for twentieth and twenty-first century audiences."--New England Classical Journal
    Table of contents
    Introduction ; I. LOVE POETRY ; 1. Mistress and Metaphor in Augustan Elegy ; 2. Written Women: Propertius' scripta puella (2. 10-13) ; 3. The Elegiac Woman at Rome: Propertius Book 4 ; 4. Reading Female Flesh: Ovid Amores 3. 1 ; 5. Taking the Woman's Part: Gender and Scholarship on Love Elegy ; II. RECEPTION ; 6. Meretrix regina: Augustan Cleopatras ; 7. Oriental Vamp; Cleopatra 1910s ; 8. Glamour Girl: Cleopatra 1930s-1960s ; 9. Meretrix Augusta: Messalina 1870s-1920s ; 10. Suburban Feminist: Messalina 1930s-1970s