1st Edition

Mother of the Gracchi

ISBN 9780415331487
Published July 17, 2007 by Routledge
128 Pages

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Book Description

Examining the remarkable life of Cornelia, famed as the epitome of virtue, fidelity and intelligence, Suzanne Dixon presents an in-depth study of the woman who perhaps represented the ideal of the Roman matrona more than any other.

Studying her life during a period of political turmoil, Dixon examines Cornelia's attributes: daughter of Scipio Africanus, wife of an aristocrat, and mother of the Gracchi; and how these enabled her to move in high echelons of society.

For students and scholars of classical studies and Roman history, this book will give students a glimpse into the life of Cornelia, and of the influence she had on the period.

Table of Contents

1. Fact and Fable: sorting out the sources.  Reconstructing a woman's life.  What's left? Tradition and transmission.  Why Cornelia?.  Sempronia, guardian of the family legend?  2. People, Politics, Propaganda.  Politics and pedigrees, 154-122 BCE.  How political was Cornelia?.  Cornelia, Sempronia and post-Gracchan propaganda, 122-100 BCE 40.  3. Culture Wars. Youth going to pot.  Hellenomania: rhetoric, philosophy and literature.  Villa life: luxus and otium.  4. The Icon.  Mater piissima: "My children are my je".  5. Afterlife. Cornelia's Christian Afterlife. Cornelia as continuing patron and subject of the arts. Cyber-Cornelia: trawling the net.


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