Public Wounds: Sexual Bodies and the Origins of State in Nathaniel Lee's Lucius Junius Brutus

@article{MacDonald2003PublicWS,
  title={Public Wounds: Sexual Bodies and the Origins of State in Nathaniel Lee's Lucius Junius Brutus},
  author={Joyce Green MacDonald},
  journal={Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture},
  year={2003},
  volume={32},
  pages={229 - 244}
}
  • J. MacDonald
  • Published 24 June 2010
  • History
  • Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture
The story of the rape of the modest Roman matron Lucrà ̈ce by TarquÃ-n, the prince of the reigning oligarchy, and her subsequent suicide has had a long and varied life in western historiography, mythology, literature, and visual art. Ian Donaldson, the foremost historian of this story, believes that it can sustain at least two major threads of interpretation: one which focuses on the heroine's private, ethical dilemma, and a "public aspect... relating to the exercise of public office."1 In… 

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