Reinventing Lucretia: Rape, Suicide and Redemption from Classical Antiquity to the Medieval Era

  title={Reinventing Lucretia: Rape, Suicide and Redemption from Classical Antiquity to the Medieval Era},
  author={Eleanor Ruth Glendinning},
  journal={International Journal of the Classical Tradition},
  • E. Glendinning
  • Published 4 July 2013
  • History
  • International Journal of the Classical Tradition
This article examines the rape and suicide of the archetypal Roman matron Lucretia and the representation and appropriation of her story in literature from Augustan Rome, Late Antiquity and the medieval period. Rape and suicide have always been highly evocative, topical and controversial actions for scrutinising the relationship between gender and history, and it is no accident that Rome's first high-profile victim was later drawn upon by writers from 2,000 years of European history to explore… 
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