Roman Girlhood and the Fashioning of Femininity by Lauren Caldwell

By Lauren Caldwell

Elite girls within the Roman global have been usually trained, socially well known, or even particularly autonomous. but the social regime that ushered those related ladies into marriage and childbearing at an early age used to be remarkably restrictive. within the first book-length learn of girlhood within the early Roman Empire, Lauren Caldwell investigates the explanations for this paradox. via an exam of literary, criminal, clinical, and epigraphic resources, she identifies the social pressures that tended to weigh down matters approximately women' person health and wellbeing and future health. In demonstrating how early marriage was once pushed by means of a number of matters, together with the worth put on premarital virginity and paternal authority, this ebook complements an realizing of the location of women as they made the transition from early life to womanhood.

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