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]
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