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Roman Citizenship and the Integration of Women into the Local Towns of the Latin West

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This chapter sheds some light on women's integration (or lack of integration) into civic life by looking at Romanization and the spread of Roman citizenship. The chapter first briefly discusses women's adoption of Roman culture, particularly of Roman dress, customs and values. After that, it turns to their participation in civic life, paying special attention to activities that were typical for Graeco-Roman towns, such as civic munificence, priesthoods, and patronage, as well as to the public honour paid to female citizens. Roman rule may have had opposite effects on different groups of women, depending on differences in wealth, social status, and residence.

Keywords:Latin West; Roman culture; Romanization; women's integration



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