Roman Wives and Virtues

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Roman wives and their virtues 09/03/2010 23:30:00 Thursday: 18 th  feb 2010 Exam is at 7 pm on April 27 th We don’t have many sources that talk about roman women and their lives  in general.  Secondly, the nature of the sources is a problem; inherent biases. They  are not written by women: truth does not come from the horse’s mouth.  Literacy levels among women were nonexistent that’s why no sources from  them.  Women just stopped at 1 st  level of education-basic reading and writing. We know of one roman poetess but even her existence is put into  question. Some scholars think the poetess is a man.  We have 2 types of sources: we have inscriptions and literary texts.  Epitaphs are inscriptions on tomb stones. Example of epitaph: “This is  the unlovely tomb of a lovely woman. Her parents named her Claudia.  She loved her husband with all her heart. She bore two sons; one of  these she leaves here on earth. ..”
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Epitaph is a biased source. It’s not written by the women; is probably  written by husband or son. You can only inscribe a limited amount of  words on stone. You try to craft your wife as worthy and loyal therefore  the epitaph as a source do not tell us the exact truth but they are still 
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This note was uploaded on 03/14/2010 for the course RELS RELS131 taught by Professor Jahanbaksh during the Spring '10 term at Queens University.

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