Constructing a New Woman for the Body Politic: The Creation of Claudia Quinta

@article{Burns2017ConstructingAN,
  title={Constructing a New Woman for the Body Politic: The Creation of Claudia Quinta},
  author={Krishni Burns},
  journal={Helios},
  year={2017},
  volume={44},
  pages={81 - 98}
}
Rome’s legendary historical narrative is an excellent source for the defining characteristics of self-constructed Roman identity.1 While this identity naturally centers on the masculine military/political realm, women do play a role in the construction of Romanitas. Rhea Silvia is raped to bear Rome’s founders; the kidnapped Sabine women form a human shield between their men folk to meld two peoples into one; and women like Tullia Minor and Tarpeia serve as negative examples of correct behavior… Expand

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