Women in Antiquity, HIA 311

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Week 13: Women and the Roman Religion

Friday, May 15

(1) Video lecture on Youtube

  13) Women and the Roman Religion   Quiz 8 Recap

(2) Do the readings

  Pomeroy, “The Role of Women in the Religion of the Romans” (Goddesses ch. 10, pp. 205–226)
Pliny the Younger, selected letters
Cato on the Oppian Law
Beard, “Re-reading (Vestal) Virginity” (WIA ch. 11, pp. 166–177)
Clark, “Roman Women”
Fisher, “Theodora and Antonina in the Historia Arcana: History and/or Fiction?”
Perkell, “On Creusa, Dido, and the Quality of Victory in Virgil’s Aeneid”

(3) Post in the comments below
(4) Take Quiz #9 (closed)

Take the quiz between May 15 and 21.

  Quiz 9 Recap


Discussion and Presentations

Respond to and discuss the readings and lecture. Also try to react to what other students are saying. This is where we get at what these readings and ideas are all about, so discussing and interacting here is absolutely vital.

  • Your comments should include your reactions to the arguments made in the readings, both specific points made by the writers and their overall claims, assumptions, and biases, as well as responses to comments made by other students.
  • Your participation grade will be derive not only from the fact that you have posted, but on how well you contribute to the discussion of that day’s topic.

Make sure to also include a question that arose from you from today's readings or lecture. It can be any kind of question, but ideally something that provokes some discussion.