Book Sources and Web Resources
on Women in Ancient Rome
The topic "Women in Ancient
Rome" attracts all sorts of people --those interested in art, archeology,
women's rights, beauty, love and marriage, scandals
and politics, love affairs and divorce, motherhood
and children, and more. Here
are some of the many resources on the Web and
sources in books and journals.
memoirs or histories written by women exist. There
are fragments available, in English translation, in
in Greece and Rome: A Source Book in Translation
(2005). Most of what we
know comes from male
writers of ancient Roman and Greek. Many were hostile toward women who showed
independence in thought or action.
Art and archeology provide
additional sources. Always keep in mind that images
may be "idealized" as forever-young, or rely on
Greek standards of beauty in art, or have a
Modern sources, for the general
Roman Women ( 2007) Art
history. Prof. D'Ambra's book includes especially interesting photos of artifacts about women who were
outside the social elite.
of Rome (2010). Mr. Dennison is a journalist
and writes in a lively style.
the Emperor's Daughter
Fraschetti, Augusto, ed.,
Women, 1993. Translated from the Italian by
Linda Lappin, 2001)
Domna, Syrian Empress
of 5 Denarii a Day
Caesar's Women. One of the spicy
novelist's seven works of fiction about Rome.
Goddesses, Whores, Wives, and Slaves: Women in
Modern sources, for advanced
Livia: First Lady of Imperial Rome.
Yale, 2004. and
Sex, Power, and Politics in the Early Empire.
Livia: Imagining the Imperial Woman in Augustan
Roman Women: Sources, Genres and Real Life.
U of Virgina, 2001, and
Mother of the Gracchi,
The Emperor's Daughter.
New York, 2006.
Medicine and the Making of Roman Women.
Oxford UP, 2000.
Women in Roman Law and Society. Indiana UP,
1986. Taylor and Francis e-Library, 2009.
Educated Women in
the Roman Elite. Routledge, 1999.
Kleiner, Diana and Susan
Matheson, eds. I, Claudia: Women in Ancient
Rome. (2 vols) U. of Texas, 1996, 2000. Art
Purcell, Nicolas, "Livia and the Womanhood of Rome,"
in Jonathan Edmondson, ed.,
Rawson, Beryl, various
books on the Roman family, children, and childhood.,
Death in the Roman Family. Cambridge UP,
Roman Marriage. Oxford UP, 1991, and
Terentia, Tullia, and Publilia: The Women of
Cicero's Family. Routledge, 2007.
James C. Thompson:
written by Suzanne Dixon
The major museums
splendid Web sites, as does Wikipedia.
21-July-2016. You may contact me, Nancy Padgett, at