The Murder of Regilla: A Case of Domestic Violence in Antiquity

By Sarah B. Pomeroy

From an acclaimed writer comes a desirable tale of the existence, marriage, and demise of an all yet forgotten Roman girl. Born to an illustrious Roman kinfolk in one hundred twenty five CE, Regilla was once married on the age of fifteen to Herodes, a filthy rich Greek who championed his country's values at a time while Rome governed.

two decades later--and 8 months pregnant together with her 6th child--Regilla died lower than mysterious conditions, after a blow to the stomach added by means of Herodes' freedman. Regilla's brother charged Herodes with homicide, yet a Roman courtroom (at the urging of Marcus Aurelius) acquitted him. Sarah Pomeroy's research means that regardless of Herodes' erection of diverse monuments to his deceased spouse, he used to be in truth to blame of the crime.

A pioneer within the learn of old ladies, Pomeroy gathers a huge, special array of proof, from political and relations historical past to Greco-Roman writings and archaeology, to re-create the existence and dying of Regilla. Teasing out the tensions of sophistication, gender, and ethnicity that gird this tale of marriage and homicide, Pomeroy exposes the intimate lifestyles and tragedy of an elite Roman couple. half archaeological research, half historic new edition, and half detective tale, The homicide of Regilla will attract all these attracted to the personal lives of the classical global and in a common and compelling tale of ladies and relatives within the far-off previous.

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Just one lady pointed out by way of Philostratus is possibly sturdy, for her husband committed a portico to her: VS 605. 7. Simon Swain, “The Reliability of Philostratus’ Lives,” Cl. Ant. 10 (1991), 148–163, esp. 163 n. seventy six. eight. by contrast, Emily A. Hemelrijk, Matrona Docta: proficient girls within the Roman Elite from Cornelia to Julia Domna (London, 1999), 1–2, finds she can't hint chronological Notes to Pages 5–6 nine. 10. eleven. 12. thirteen. 14. 15. 181 switch within the schooling of Roman girls and makes use of facts from many centuries synchronically. See the caveats of M. I. Finley stated within the Preface, above, in regards to the obstacles of archaeological facts in historic reconstruction: “Archaeology and History,” within the Use and Abuse of heritage (London, 1975), 87–103, esp. 92–93, initially released in Daedalus a hundred. 1 (Winter 1971), 168– 186. the specter of the yankee Institute of Archaeology to carry its annual assembly individually from the yankee Philological organization constitutes fresh proof for the widening gulf among classicists and archaeologists. See Jennifer Tobin, Herodes Attikos and the town of Athens (Amsterdam, 1997), with appendices on monuments outdoor Athens. L. Quilici, “La valle della Caffarella e il triopio di Erode Attico,” Capitolium 9–10 (1968), 329–346 and three figs. In his numerous discussions of Regilla’s property over the last thirtysome years, Quilici has now not altered his document. certainly, in simple terms the excavations scheduled for the close to destiny lower than the supervision of Gianni Ponti will supply new info. My description of the property in ch. five can be in keeping with archaeological finds at neighboring estates at the through Appia and common info in John R. Clarke, the homes of Roman Italy a hundred b. c. –a. d. 250: Ritual, house, and ornament (Berkeley, 1991), esp. ch. 1. Un Milliardaire old: Hérode Atticus et sa famille (Cairo, 1930). G. Pisani Sartorio and R. Calza, l. a. Villa di Massenzio sulla through Appia (Rome, 1976). hence Gianni Ponti in a private communique of Feb. three, 2004. regardless of the modern curiosity within the background of old girls and within the Roman kinfolk and early life, no historian (including me) has ever earlier than written a coherent bankruptcy- 182 sixteen. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. Notes to Pages 7–11 size narrative on “Growing up woman in Rome,” as i've got in bankruptcy 1, through the use of either archaeological and written resources. for the same reconstruction, see Daniel Stern, Diary of a child: What Your baby Sees, Feels, and reviews (New York, 1990, 1998), 1. Robert Darnton, “It occurred One Night,” long island evaluation of Books, June 24, 2004, 60–64. S. Hornblower and A. Spawforth (eds. ), The Oxford Classical Dictionary, third ed. (Oxford, 1996), 338, 695. even if The Cambridge old background, vol. eleven: The excessive Empire a. d. 70–192, 2d ed. (Cambridge, 2000), has seemed, the placement has no longer replaced significantly because it was once famous by way of Susan E. Alcock, Graecia Capta: The Landscapes of Roman Greece (Cambridge, 1993), 1–3. See extra Michael Hoff and Susan Rotroff (eds. ), The Romanization of Athens: lawsuits of a global convention Held at Lincoln, Nebraska (April 1996), Oxbow Monograph, ninety four (Oxford, 1997), Preface.

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