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Stripping the Roman Ladies: Ovid's Rites and Readers

Ziogas, Ioannis


Roy Gibson has brilliantly shown that women who follow Ovid's advice on dressing in Ars Amatoria 3 will resemble neither the traditional matron nor the stereotypical whore. For Gibson, Ovid encourages his female students to choose their hairstyles and clothes according to aesthetic rather than moral criteria. This substitution clashes with the spirit of the lex Iulia, which attempted to polarize women into two social categories: prostitute and mater familias. What is more, each group was to be...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2014
Type: Journal article
Source: The Classical Quarterly
DOI: 10.1017/S0009838814000494


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