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Representing Agrippina : constructions of female power in the early Roman Empire, Judith Ginsburg

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Representing Agrippina : constructions of female power in the early Roman Empire
Title
Representing Agrippina
Title remainder
constructions of female power in the early Roman Empire
Statement of responsibility
Judith Ginsburg
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Agrippina the Younger, wife of the emperor Claudius and mother of his successor Nero, wielded power and authority at the center of the Roman empire in ways unmatched by almost any other woman in Roman history. Such, at least, is the portrait of Agrippina delivered by our sources and perpetuated in modern scholarship. In this posthumous work, Judith Ginsburg provides a fresh look at both the literary and material representations of Agrippina. Her painstaking dissection of the rhetoric contained in portrayals by historians exposes their motivations. The objectives, as Ginsburg shows, went beyond the display of literary flourishes. The historians aimed to blur the boundaries between the domestic and the imperial realms, deploying the image of Agrippina as domineering wife and mother to suggest the flaws and instability of the regime, a dysfunctional family betraying an erratic and unpredictable system of governance. Distorted stereotypes of the "wicked stepmother," the domineering woman, and the sexual transgressor were applied to underscore the violations of status and disruption of gender relations that characterized the imperial administration. With as keen an eye for visual (mis)representations as for literary ones, Ginsburg also examines how depictions of Agrippina on coinage and statuary - as matron and priestess, emblematic of domestic rectitude and public piety, and a central figure in the continuity of the dynasty - provide a stark contrast with the written evidence. Unlike previous treatments, Ginsburg seeks neither to condemn nor to rehabilitate Agrippina. Nor does she endeavor to exhume the "real Agrippina." Ginsburg trains her focus on the representations themselves and by so doing forwards a new account of the diverse forces that shaped and disturbed the Julio-Claudian regime."--Jacket
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Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Ginsburg, Judith
Dewey number
  • 937/.07/092
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
  • genealogical tables
Index
index present
LC call number
DG282.6
LC item number
.G56 2006
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
American classical studies
Series volume
v. 50
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Empresses
  • Agrippina
  • Agrippina
  • Agrippina
  • Rome
Label
Representing Agrippina : constructions of female power in the early Roman Empire, Judith Ginsburg
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [135]-141) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
57641589
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
147 pages, 4 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780195181418
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2005040653
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
9780195181418
Other physical details
illustrations, genealogical table
Label
Representing Agrippina : constructions of female power in the early Roman Empire, Judith Ginsburg
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [135]-141) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
57641589
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
147 pages, 4 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780195181418
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2005040653
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
9780195181418
Other physical details
illustrations, genealogical table

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