I, Claudia: Women in Ancient Rome—an exhibition and catalog produced by the Yale University Art Gallery—provided the first comprehensive study of the lives of Roman women as revealed in Roman art. Responding to the popular success of the exhibit and catalog, Diana E. E. Kleiner and Susan B. Matheson here gather ten additional essays by specialists in art history, history, and papyrology to offer further reflections on women in Roman society based on the material evidence provided by art, archaeology, and ancient literary sources.
In addition to the editors, the contributors are Cornelius C. Vermeule, Rolf Winkes, Mary T. Boatwright, Susan Wood, Eve D'Ambra, Andrew Oliver, Diana Delia, and Ann Ellis Hanson. Their essays, illustrated with black-and-white photos of the art under discussion, treat such themes as mothers and sons, marriage and widowhood, aging, adornment, imperial portraiture, and patronage.
Diana E. E. Kleiner is Deputy Provost for the Arts and Dunham Professor of Classics and History of Art at Yale University. Susan B. Matheson is the Molly and Walter Bareiss Curator of Ancient Art at the Yale University Art Gallery.
As might be expected from the caliber of the contributors, this is a first-rate collection of essays.... Like I, Claudia, this book will appeal to many others besides classicists. The two volumes will be a must for anyone interested in social history or women's history; the treatment, style, and illustrations make this volume accessible to general readers.
Notes To The Reader
Introduction: "Her Parents Gave Her The Name Clavdia" (Diana E. E. Kleiner and Susan B. Matheson)
Livia To Helena: Women In Power, Women In The Provinces (Cornelius L. Vermeule III)
Livia: Portrait and Propaganda (Rolf Winkes)
Family Ties: Mothers and Sons in Elite and Non-Elite Roman Art (Diana E. E. Kleiner)
Just Window Dressing?: Imperial Women as Architectural Sculpture (Mary R. Boatwright)
Mortals, Empresses, And Earth Goddesses: Demeter And Persphone In Public and Private Apotheosis (Susan Wood)
Nudity And Adornment In Female Portrait Sculpture Of The Second Century AD (Eve d'Ambra)
Jewelry For The Unmarried (Andrew Oliver)
The Elder Clavdia: Older Women In Roman Art (Susan B. Matheson)
Marriage Egyptian Style (Diana Delia)
Widows Too Young In Their Widowhood (Ann Ellis Hanson)
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