Tuesday, February 05, 2008


Hur intressant verkar inte denna bok, The Murder of Regilla: A Case of Domestic Violence in Antiquity av Pomeroy (hon med Goddesses, Whores, Wives and Slaves)? Recension här:

"At the height of the Antonine age, the plutocrat, former Athenianarchon, and Roman consular Herodes Atticus, whose wife Regilla hadmiscarried and died in the eighth month of pregnancy, allegedly from a blow to the belly administered at her husband's order by his freedman Alcimedon for a trivial cause, was prosecuted for her murder by her brother Bradua, consul ordinarius of AD 160, either in that year or afterwards; whose speech proving not to the purpose, the defendant, denying the order and pointing to his public grief, was acquitted."

Eller här:

"Appia Annia Regilla Atilia Caucidia Tertulla was defined by others from birth, her extended name referencing the aristocratic status of her family in second century Rome. Her familiar name, Regilla, meant “Little Queen,” and represented the upper-class lineage she bore through her father, which linked her to the emperors Antoninus Pius and Marcus Aurelius. As a member of a well-to-do family, Regilla had a greater potential for fostering a legacy than most women of her era, and throughout her life undertook cultural and artistic projects which could have left a mark on the past. Unfortunately, a brutal and unconscionable crime allegedly perpetrated by the man with whom she shared her life removed her influence from the world, and further obscured her from view with a narrative of his own design. "

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