The Roman Mistress

Maria Wyke · ISBN 9780199228331
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Publisher Oxford University Press UK
Author(s) Maria Wyke
Subtitle Ancient and Modern Representations
Published 1st August 2007
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Ancient and Modern Representations

From Latin love poetry's dominating and enslaving beloveds, to modern popular culture's infamous Cleopatras and Messalinas, representations of the Roman mistress (or the mistress of Romans) have brought into question both ancient and modern genders and political systems. The Roman Mistress explores representations of transgressive women in Latin love poetry and British television drama, in Roman historiography and nineteenth-century Italian anthropology, on
classical coinage and college websites, as poetic metaphor and in the Hollywood star system. In a highly accessible style, the book makes an important and original contribution simultaneously to feminist
scholarship on antiquity, the classical tradition, and cultural studies.
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