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Women in Roman Republican Drama
edited by Dorota Dutsch, Sharon L. James and David Konstan
University of Wisconsin Press, 2015
Paper: 978-0-299-30314-3 | eISBN: 978-0-299-30313-6
Library of Congress Classification PA6067.W66 2015
Dewey Decimal Classification 872.01093522

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
Latin plays were written for audiences whose gender perspectives and expectations were shaped by life in Rome, and the crowds watching the plays included both female citizens and female slaves. Relationships between men and women, ideas of masculinity and femininity, the stock characters of dowered wife and of prostitute—all of these are frequently staged in Roman tragedies and comedies. This is the first book to confront directly the role of women in Roman Republican plays of all genres, as well as to examine the role of gender in the influence of this tradition on later dramatists from Shakespeare to Sondheim.

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