William Sterling

Roman Women

The Lives and Importance of women in Republican and Imperial Ancient Rome and Roman Britain including the importance of the worship of goddesses.

This course was run at the City Lit and British Museum on Saturday 2nd March 2019.

It covered the contrasting roles of women in different parts of Roman society in the Republic and the Empire, from slaves to Empresses. The numerous female goddesses will be examined and how their attributes reflected the view of men. Death and burial will also be looked at and the magnificent tomb of Helena and Mausoleum of Galla Placidia will be contrasted with the freedmen portraits of Roman women. Other famous Roman women such as the semi-legendary Lucretia and Cloelia as well as later real women like Cornelia mother of the Gracchi and empresses such as Livia, Agrippina, Poppaea, the Syrian Julias and Helena mother of Constantine. Some of these women have become famous through Shakespeare and other authors as well as artists from the Middle Ages onwards.

These are the slides used on the course

Roman women slides 2019 everyday printable

Roman women slides 2019 religion printable

Roman women slides 2019 empresses printable

These are the handouts from the course

Roman Empresses

African and Syrian emperors

Roman godesses

julio claudian women

Roman Marriage

Cornelia Mother of the Gracchi

Inscriptions on Tombs

Roman Women Poets

This is the list of objects seen on the British Museum Tour

British Museum Tour

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