Fulvia : Playing for Power at the End of the Roman Republic

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Fulvia is the first full-length biography focused solely on Fulvia, who is best known as the wife of Marcus Antonius (Mark Antony). Born into a less prestigious branch of an aristocratic Roman clan in the last decades of the Roman Republic, Fulvia first rose to prominence as the wife of P. Clodius Pulcher, scion of one of the city's most powerful families and one of its most infamous and scandalous politicians. In the aftermath of his murder, Fulvia refused
to shrink from the glare of public scrutiny and helped to prosecute the man responsible.

Later, as the wife of Antonius, she became the most powerful woman in Rome, at one point even taking an active role in the military conflict between Antonius's allies and Octavian, the future emperor Augustus. Her husbands' enemies painted her as domineering, vicious, greedy, and petty. This book peels away the invective to reveal a strong-willed, independent woman who was, by many traditional measures, an immensely successful Roman matron.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 144 pages
  • 156 x 235mm
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 019069713X
  • 9780190697136

Table of contents

1. The Background
2. Fulvia Enters the Scene
3. Life with Curio and Antonius
4. Fulvia's Final Act
5. After Fulvia's Death
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Review quote

The Roman matron Fulvia was held in contempt by ancient historians as no other woman of the Republic was. She was accused of fomenting civil war, mutilating the orator Cicero's corpse, and, worst of all, paving the way for her husband Antony's later enslavement to Cleopatra. In this well-informed and often witty book, Celia Schultz gives us a truer picture of Fulvia's remarkable life, shrewdly tracing the distortions back to Antony's political enemies and probably
Antony himself. * Josiah Osgood, Georgetown University * There is far more to Fulvia's story than her husbands and her enemies, and Celia Schultz tells it skillfully and insightfully. This is a judicious, delightfully readable, and much-needed biography. * Jeffrey Tatum, Victoria University of Wellington *
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About Celia E. Schultz

Celia E. Schultz is Professor of Classical Studies at the University of Michigan and the author of Women's Religious Activity in the Roman Republic and A Commentary on Cicero, De Divinatione I.
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