Terentia, Tullia and Publilia: The Women of Cicero's Family

Voorkant
Routledge, 7 aug. 2007 - 256 pagina's

Studying references and writings in over 900 personal letters, an unparalleled source, this book presents a rounded and intriguing account of the three women who, until now, have only survived as secondary figures to Cicero.

In a field where little is really known about Cicero’s family, Susan Treggiari creates a history for these figures who, through history, have not had voices of their own, and a vivid impression of the everyday life upper-class Roman women in Italy had during the heyday of Roman power.

Artfully assembling a rounded picture of their personalities and experiences, Treggiari reconstructs the lives of these three important women:

  • Cicero’s first wife Terentia: a strong, tempestuous woman of status and fortune, with an implacable desire to retain control of both
  • his second wife Publilia: shadowy and mysterious, the young submissive who Cicero wedded to compensate for her predecessor’s steely resolve and fiery temper
  • his daughter Tullia.

Including illustrations, chronological charts, maps and glossaries, this book is essential reading for students wishing to get better acquainted with the women of ancient Rome.

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List of illustrations
i
The world into which they were born 13
xxiv
the young wife 30
xlii
Living through disaster 56
lxix
Restoration 71
lxxxv
Finding the right man 83
xcviii
Public and private quarrels 100
cxv
Three divorces a wedding a funeral and a baby 118
cxxxiv
Death and survival 143
clx
Chronology 165
clxxxii
Bibliography 205
59
Index of persons and Gods 214
62
General index 223
171
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