Roman Women: The Women who influenced the History of Rome

Author(s): Paul Chrystal 

ISBN: 9781781552872
£11.89 £16.99
The first book to examine the social and political effects that women - both the virtuous and scheming - had on Rome.
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Using historical sources ( Livy, Suetonius, et al) as well as numismatic and sculptural evidence, Roman Women details the lives of Rome’s most influential women to examine, uniquely, what effect they had on  contemporary politics, and or how far they and their reputations and actions reflected and affected women generally in Roman society.

No existing book provides biographies of these extraordinary women and then examines the contemporary and later socio-political effects they had. Existing titles look at the bad women – notably the wives and mothers of emperors;  Roman Women does that but also, uniquely, examines the good women too: the icons and the role models. No other book puts all if this in a socio-political context to form valuable conclusions about the effect these women had on Roman politics and society  down the years.  

Good women such as Lucretia and Cornelia and the loyal wives described by Tacitus and Pliny are covered as are less virtuous but sophisticated and permissive women such as Clodia, Sempronia, Cynthia and Delia. The bad but politically significant are represented by Fulvia and Cleopatra (not a Roman but embroiled in things Roman) and many of the wives and daughter of the Emperors. 

BOOK ISBN 9781781552872
FORMAT 234 x 156 mm
BINDING Paperback
PAGES 240 pages
ILLUSTRATIONS 40 black-and-white illustrations



Paul Chrystal is an author of more than twenty-five books and a broadcaster. Ten of his books are on York including A History of Chocolate in York(2012) and The Rowntree Family of York (2013). He writes articles for national newspapers and regularly appears on the BBC World Service and BBC Local Radio. He is married with three children and lives near York.