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    DescriptionRoman women were the procreators and nurturers of life, both in the domestic world of the family and in the larger sphere of the state. Although deterred from participating in most aspects of public life, women played an essential role in public religious ceremonies, taking part in rituals designed to ensure the fecundity and success of the agricultural cycle on which Roman society depended. Thus religion is a key area for understanding the contributions of women to Roman society and their importance beyond their homes and families. In this book, Sarolta A. Takacs offers a sweeping overview of Roman women's roles and functions in religion and, by extension, in Rome's history and culture from the republic through the empire. She begins with the religious calendar and the various festivals in which women played a significant role. She then examines major female deities and cults, including the Sibyl, Mater Magna, Isis, and the Vestal Virgins, to show how conservative Roman society adopted and integrated Greek culture into its mythic history, artistic expressions, and religion. Takacs' discussion of the Bona Dea Festival of 62 BCE and of the Bacchantes, female worshippers of the god Bacchus or Dionysus, reveals how women could also jeopardize Rome's existence by stepping out of their assigned roles. Takacs' examination of the provincial female flaminate and the Matres/Matronae demonstrates how women served to bind imperial Rome and its provinces into a cohesive society.


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    Title
    Vestal Virgins, Sibyls, and Matrons
    Subtitle
    Women in Roman Religion
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Sarolta Anna Takacs
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 222
    Width: 147 mm
    Height: 208 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 340 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780292716940
    ISBN 10: 029271694X
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: REL
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.6
    B&T General Subject: 690
    BIC subject category V2: JFSJ1
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3D
    BIC subject category V2: HRKP, HRLF
    Ingram Subject Code: RL
    Libri: I-RL
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25420
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: REL072000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
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    BIC subject category V2: 3D
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    DC22: 292.07082
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    LC classification: BL815.W6 T35 2008
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    DC22: 292.38082
    Illustrations note
    9 b&w illustrations, 4 maps
    Publisher
    University of Texas Press
    Imprint name
    University of Texas Press
    Publication date
    08 February 2008
    Publication City/Country
    Austin, TX
    Table of contents
    List of Abbreviations; Acknowledgments Introduction; 1: The Silent Ones Speak; 2: Life Cycles and Time Structures; 3: The Making of Rome; 4: Rome Eternal; 5: Rome Besieged; 6: Rome and Its Provinces; Conclusion Appendix A: Ancient Authors; Appendix B: Timeline; Appendix C: Maps; Notes; Bibliography; General Index