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The Women of Pliny’s Letters

Pliny's letters offer a significant source of information about the lives of Roman women during the late first and early second centuries CE. Read more...

This book has two aims.The first is to bring some of the women he mentions and addresses to the foreground, and to investigate their social and cultural environment to gain a better understanding not only of their lives, but also of Roman society more generally. The second aim is to use the information in these letters to acquire a better understanding of what behavior was admired in Roman women of the time, and to investigate how the concept of the model Roman woman is constructed in Pliny and elsewhere in Roman literary sources.

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