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Student admission number: 1 ANCIENT ROMAN HISTORY 2 Eulogy of a Roman Wife
There an old saying that has been passed down from one generation to the next in China
which says that "every great man has a great woman supporting his back". Even though men play
an important role in society, women also play a significant role in society which cannot be
ignored. Similarly, Roman women played a big role in the history of ancient Roman to both their
families and the society at large. Some played important roles such as being wives, mothers, and
queens. Their roles not only shaped the future of their families but also the future of the Roman
Empire (Lefkowitz & Font, n.d.).
Women status in Rome
Turia’s husband eulogy provides insights on the role and virtue of women in Ancient
Roman. One of the characteristics that stand out about Roman women includes independence.
This can be pointed out when Turia handled her parents' funeral when neither her sister nor her
husband was there. Another attribute of women in the ancient Roman society entails their strong
and supportive nature. Women provided a strong pillar that other members of the society could
lean on. This can be pointed out from the eulogy when her husband describes Turia as loving and
compassionate. Turia supported the girls by providing dowries to them so that they can get
married. Unlike other societies in which women were not entitled to inherit property, the ancient
Roman society allowed the women to inherit their parents’ property.
This is clearly shown when Turia inherited her parents’ property. Another important status
of women that can be retrieved from the eulogy includes loyalty. Her husband described Turia as
being loyal to him and never allowed pride to be an obstacle between their relationships. Her ANCIENT ROMAN HISTORY 3 loyalty to her husband showed itself when she pleads with Augustus to pardon her husband from
How Roman’s saw the role of women in the society
Throughout the eulogy, we are able to see how Romanians’ saw the role of women in
society. Unlike other societies in the history which saw women as submissive, and second to
men, they saw women as their equal partners. Women were considered as able human beings
who could fight and protect their free will. This can be seen from an instant when she fought for
her sister to own property. Her parents only allowed Turia and the husband to own property
because Turia's sister was not married at this time.
Another example that can be picked from the eulogy which shows that men treated their
women as an equal partner can be singled out when Turia’s husband says that" for we were
fortunate to see our marriage last without disharmony for fully forty years. I wish that our long
union could have come to its final end through something that had befallen me instead of you; it
would have been more just if I as the older partner had had to yield to fate though such an event”
(Lefkowitz & Font, n.d.).
The characteristics and virtues of Turia
The eulogy has vividly shown the characteristics and virtues of Turia as a person This is
evident in how her husband describes her through the eulogy. Her husband describes her as a
strong woman who could never let evil doers go free without avenging. This can be seen when
her husband says that” It was mainly due to your effort that the death of your parents was not left
unavenged. For I had left for Macedonia and your sister’s husband Cluvius had gone to the ANCIENT ROMAN HISTORY 4 province of Africa” Another important virtue that Turia had include loyalty, obedient, affability,
and reasonableness. This can be seen when her husband says that" why should I mention your
domestic virtues, your loyalty, obedience, affability, reasonableness, industrious in working
wool, religious without superstitions…’ (Lefkowitz & Font, n.d.).
In conclusion, it is important to note that unlike many societies in the history which saw
women as their subordinates, the ancient Roman society saw women as their equal partners.
They appreciated the strength and the ability of women to have their rights granted. They also
treated women as equal members in the society whose opinion could be hard. The women in this
society were reliable and supportive. The ancient Roman society stands out in history because of
recognizing the ability of women. ANCIENT ROMAN HISTORY 5 References
Lefkowitz, M., & Font, M. Women's life in Greece and Rome. Retrieved from
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