I, Claudia : women in ancient Rome by
Call Number: N5763 .I25 1996
On one level I, Claudia is an exhibition catalog; on another, it is a visual sourcebook for the study of the position of women in Roman society. The catalog is arranged in three parts. Each part considers a general topic that is explored in one or more introductory essays. The exhibition objects pertinent to that topic are then presented with full catalog descriptions. Part 1 examines the public side of women's lives; it deals largely with the public personae of imperial women, focusing on their role as arbiters of fashion and personifications of imperial propagandistic themes, such as female modesty. The complementary materials in the catalog section consist mainly of marble portrait busts and portrait busts on coins. Part 2 looks at women in everyday life. Particularly interesting is Wallace-Hadrill's discussion of domestic architecture and the identification of household areas in which women moved. Susan Treggiari treats the legal status of women and class distinctions. Photographs of jewelry and cosmetic items follow. Part 3 treats the representation of imperial and nonimperial women as goddesses, followed by photographs of tomb inscriptions and marble portrait busts of women and children.