Elite ladies within the Roman international have been frequently expert, socially admired, or even particularly self sustaining. but the social regime that ushered those comparable girls into marriage and childbearing at an early age was once remarkably restrictive. within the first book-length research of girlhood within the early Roman Empire, Lauren Caldwell investigates the explanations for this paradox. via an exam of literary, felony, clinical, and epigraphic resources, she identifies the social pressures that tended to weigh down matters approximately women' person future health and future health. In demonstrating how early marriage used to be pushed by means of various matters, together with the worth put on premarital virginity and paternal authority, this e-book complements an figuring out of the placement of ladies as they made the transition from adolescence to womanhood.
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Max. three. 2. 2, Plut. Publ. 19. 2–8, 250C-F. resources for Cloelia’s tale are accrued and mentioned in curler (2004) 28–50. Livy 2. thirteen. 6: dux agminis virginum inter tela hostium Tiberim tranavit sospitesque omnes Romam advert propinquos restituit. Livy 2. thirteen. 10–11: productis omnibus elegisse impubes dicitur; quod et virginitati decorum et consensu obsidum ipsorum probabile erat eam aetatem potissimum liberari ab hoste quae maxime opportuna iniuriae esset. speed redintegrata Romani novam in femina virtutem novo genere honoris, statua equestri, donavere; in summa Sacra through fuit posita virgo insidens equo. forty Formal schooling and socialization in advantage of puberty,” at ﬁrst turns out to put Cloelia outdoor the realm of sexuality, virginitas reminds the reader that she is actually impending the dangerpoint of sexual adulthood. within the narrative, her desirability is a high quality that already deﬁnes her and the opposite impubes and is highlighted via Livy’s comment that the hostages agreed it used to be really useful that the virgins could be freed ﬁrst. Cloelia has in universal with the youngsters she rescues either their place on the pivot-point among formative years and maturity, then, and the possibility to sexual purity that is going besides it. the tale of Cloelia presents an interesting glimpse into how the moralizing anecdote, one of those narrative of which the Romans have been fond, built girlhood. Virginity, and its defend from attainable break, are well known subject matters within the story of a girl’s demonstrate of braveness. Girlhood within the Cloelia tale can also be marked by means of characteristics that defy gender- and age-based expectancies. Livy and different authors who recount the story are captivated through the inspiration lady is in a position to exhibiting virtus, or andreia, the commonly masculine advantage. The telling of Cloelia’s tale is often marked through a remark concerning the extraordinariness of her manly exhibit of braveness. Livy describes Cloelia as a virgo who exhibits virtus, creating a play at the visible aﬃnity of the 2 phrases, if now not their etymological connection. Manilius calls her “a virgo more than males (viris). ”96 Florus describes Cloelia’s accomplishment as one during which “even virgins possessed virtus. ”97 Valerius Maximus says that she is known “for wearing the torch of virtus for males, as a woman (puella). ”98 Matthew curler has interpreted the mixture of consternation towards and admiration of Cloelia expressed by way of Roman authors as stemming from the “paradox of the manly maiden,” in that she is developed through imperial authors as “providing a canon of manliness surpassing whatever today’s males can muster. ”99 the level to which Cloelia’s tale was once repeated by way of Roman authors does recommend that this episode of manly demonstrate via a woman was once thought of beautiful and suitable indirectly to modern existence. but an extra paradox can be identiﬁed that speaks to what the episode could have been anticipated to coach women. to make sure, Cloelia is as courageous as a guy and doesn't correspond in many ways to notions of what a virgo is. In Dionysius of Halicarnassus’ model of the story, Lars Porsenna admires her speciﬁcally for being outdoor the class of virgo in “having a spirit surpassing her nature and age.