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1st Edition

Julia Domna
Syrian Empress

ISBN 9780415331449
Published June 21, 2007 by Routledge
288 Pages

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Book Description

This book covers Julia’s life, and charts her travels throughout the Empire from Aswan to York during a period of profound upheaval, and seeks the truth about this woman who inspired such extreme and contrasting views, exposing the instability of our sources about her, and characterizing a sympathetic, courageous, intelligent, and important woman.

This book contains a fresh re-assessment of the one of the most significant figures of her time and questions:

• Was Julia more powerful than earlier empresses?
• Did she really promote despotism?
• How seriously is her literary circle to be taken?

As part of a dynasty which used force and violence to preserve its rule, she was distrusted by its subjects; as a Syrian, she was the object of prejudice; as a woman with power, she was resented. On the other hand, Domna was the centre of a literary circle considered highly significant by nineteenth-century admirers.

Table of Contents

Chronology  1. Introduction  2. The Women of Emesa  3. Marriage  4. Domna on Her Travels  5. Empress  6. The Reign of Caracalla  7. Cultural Activities  8. Image and Cult  9. Aftermath  Bibliographies.  Glossary.  Indexes  1. Places, with Modern Equivalents  2. Persons  3. General

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Barbara Levick is Emeritus Fellow and Tutor in Literae Humaniores at St Hilda's College, Oxford.  She is the author of Claudius (1990), Vespasian (1999) and Tiberius the Politician (ed. 2, 2000), and co-editor, with Richard Hawley, of Women in Antiquity: New Assessments (1995).