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By Kristina Milnor

The age of Augustus has lengthy been famous as a time whilst the Roman nation placed a brand new emphasis on "traditional" female family beliefs, but even as gave genuine public prominence to convinced ladies of their roles as better halves, moms, sisters, and daughters. Kristina Milnor takes up a chain of texts and their contexts so one can discover this paradox. via an exam of authors similar to Vitruvius, Livy, Valerius Maximus, Seneca the Elder, and Columella, she argues that girl domesticity was once either a precept and an issue for early imperial writers, as they sought to build a brand new definition of who and what constituted Roman public lifestyles.

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12. Introduction 25 and the theatre of Marcellus (in privato solo . . in solo magna ex parte a privatis empto; ‘on private ground . . on ground for the most part purchased from private individuals’: RG 21). 51 But the 76-year-old Augustus who authored the text (thirteen times consul, awarded tribunician power, designated pater patriae or ‘father of the country’ by universal acclaim) is a long way from that young man. Indeed, as we have seen, the position of emperor which Augustus cobbled together in 27 bce would become incorporated into the Roman system as the ultimate ‘public’ one—so public, in fact, that it came to trump all others.

The second chapter, therefore, ‘Other Men’s Wives: Domesticity and Display in Vitruvius’ de Architectura’, addresses itself to Vitruvius’ text, arguing that the absence of privacy and gender from his descriptions of the Roman house cannot be separated from the ethnographic tropes which pervade his book on domestic architecture; it is clear that the Augustan architect understood the patterns of Roman building for, and behaviour within, the home as inextricably linked to Roman national character.

Periodization, then, is certainly an important part of this 91 Kelly (1984). 92 Culham (1997). 93 Plutarch cites Augustus’ memoirs for this sentiment: Comparison of Demosthenes and Cicero 3. 1. 94 On the representation of the Augustan period in both contemporary and later histories, see Gabba (1984). For the ways in which the idea and image of Augustus inXuenced later emperors, see Gross (1981). Introduction 43 project, but only insofar as we are free to interrogate it as a textual, historical, and ideological strategy.

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