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The Public Priestesses of Pompeii

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This chapter focuses on the eleven women at Pompeii who held the title saeerdos publcea, public priestess. One of the most important, and probably the earliest, of these public priestesses was Mamia, daughter of Publius Mamius. Both Mamia as a public priestess and Holconius as priest of Augustus would have been elected by the people at public assemblies. Eumachia's building, a very large one, was probably a multipurpose building much like the older and somewhat smaller basilica on the forum. Eumachia's building, a very large one, was probably a multipurpose building much like the older and somewhat smaller basilica on the forum. During the time of the appearance of public priestesses in Pompeii, Livy published his history of Rome, in which he describes the 195 BCE women' s march on Rome to seek the repeal of the Oppian Law.

Keywords: Augustus; Eumachia; Holconius; Mamia; Pompeii; public priestesses; Rome

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