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The Impact Of Women’s Travels On Military Imagery In The Julio-Claudian Period

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During the Julio-Claudian period and thereafter, the tension between daily practice and ideal female behaviour played an important role in debates on social norms. The topic of womens travels in particular exposes aspects of the dominant ideologies with regard to female conduct and uncovers some of the mechanisms at work in the representation of Roman women. This chapter focuses on the correlation between the physical presence of imperial women in the provinces and their representation in literary and non-literary sources. The presence of upper-class women in the provinces is closely connected to the rhetorical stereotype of the dux femina. The chapter discusses the possibility that the presence of women in the provinces inspired the creative process of the image-makers, who took advantage of the fact that the user or recipient of these objects was familiar with the depicted womans persona.

Keywords: dux femina; Julio-Claudian period; Roman women's travels



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