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University of Toronto St. George
Regina Höschele

Lecture 11 (12/04/12): Women of Rome - These are real figures but their portrayals are very biased, like most portrayals of women - Cornelia, mother of the Gracchi, daughter of Scipio Africanus, bore 12 children of which only 3 survived (Tiberius, Gaius, Sempronia), a univira - Roman naming consists of a given name, a clan name, and a nickname of sorts (Tiberius Sempronius Gracchus), women just get the female version of the family name - Praenomen: The given name in the Roman convention - Nomen Gentile: is the clan / family name in the Roman naming convention - Cognomen: The third name in the Roman naming convention, a nickname of sorts - Cornelia was one of the women who is held as a pinnacle of virtue like the fictional Lucretia - Sources portray her as very eloquent and well educated and known to have given her sons a good education - A statue of her from the Julian era is remarkable because mortal women were not often portrayed in art - Porticus Octaviae: portico named after Octavia, the first public building to carry a woman's name, made in the time of Augustus. Has a statue of Cornelia in it - Tiberius Gracchus was a tribune who represented the Plebeians, he used his time as tribune to pass a law to redistribute public land - Tribune: An elected leader of Rome who lead the Plebeian council, could only be held by a Plebeian - Plebeians: the traditional lower class of Rome - It wasn't very popular with the Patricians and Tiberius is killed - Patricians: The Aristocratic class of Rome - 10 years later Gaius Gracchus becomes tribune and tries similar social reforms and is also killed - Despite the uneasiness surrounding the Gracchi Cornelia still remains untouched by their antics, she is always defined by her motherhood to the Gracchi - Cornelia was the daughter of Scipio Africanus and the mother-in-law to Scipio Aemilianus, who fought in the 3rd Punic war - Punic Wars: The wars fought between Rome and Carthage, three of them between 264 - 146 BC - Cornelia is portrayed as erudite and taking an active interest in her children's education, the first woman to be portrayed like this - Clodia Metelli, born 95/96 BC, married to Metellus Celer and sister of Publius Clodius Pulcher, had an affair with Marcus Caelius Rufus who she accuses of attempted poisoning - Portrayed very negatively in by Cicero in his defence speech, Pro Caelis - Frequently identified with Catullus' beloved Lesbia (very problematic) - Cicero is one of the most important Roman writers of the time, known for philosophy and speech writing - Clodius becomes tribune by being adopted into a Plebeian family (thus Clod
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