By Sarah B. Pomeroy

From an acclaimed writer comes a desirable tale of the lifestyles, marriage, and loss of life of an all yet forgotten Roman girl. Born to an illustrious Roman kin in a hundred twenty five CE, Regilla used to be married on the age of fifteen to Herodes, a prosperous Greek who championed his country's values at a time while Rome governed.

20 years later--and 8 months pregnant along with her 6th child--Regilla died lower than mysterious situations, after a blow to the stomach introduced by means of Herodes' freedman. Regilla's brother charged Herodes with homicide, yet a Roman court docket (at the urging of Marcus Aurelius) acquitted him. Sarah Pomeroy's research means that regardless of Herodes' erection of diverse monuments to his deceased spouse, he was once in reality accountable of the crime.

A pioneer within the research of old girls, Pomeroy gathers a large, precise array of facts, from political and kinfolk historical past to Greco-Roman writings and archaeology, to re-create the lifestyles and demise of Regilla. Teasing out the tensions of sophistication, gender, and ethnicity that gird this tale of marriage and homicide, Pomeroy exposes the intimate existence and tragedy of an elite Roman couple. half archaeological research, half ancient new edition, and half detective tale, The homicide of Regilla will attract all these drawn to the non-public lives of the classical global and in a common and compelling tale of ladies and kin within the far away prior.

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A married woman in Rome did not take her husband’s name, but retained her connection with her parents’ families through the names her parents had given her. 9 Regilla’s name was a feminine form indicating her descent from the Annii Regilli. It means “Little Queen,” and that is how she was treated from the moment of her birth. An upper-class baby made her debut before a large audience comprising a midwife and her helpers, female relatives, and a crowd of female slaves. Her father had been alerted.

She had learned about sexual intercourse from her mother and her nannies. Privacy was not characteristic of the Roman home, for slaves slept at the thresholds of the bedrooms. Often a mere curtain separated the bedrooms from the rest of the household, and she could hear everything that was going on in bed. Because Regilla’s family boasted of descent from Aeneas (a son of Venus), Venus, her lovers, and Cupid might well have been represented on their walls, depicted in various amorous positions as in a marriage manual.

131/132. Roman architects attempted both to restore the Athens of the past and to impose order and symmetrical structures on an ancient city that had grown up haphazardly, but in which open space had been deliberately retained for public meetings and commercial and civic activities. 44 the murder of regilla Greek Wife or Materfamilias? The contrast between Rome and Athens may also be observed in the microcosm of the family. In the Roman familia the wife enjoyed an exalted position as materfamilias, a role well defined by custom.

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