Feminist Research Alliance Workshop Series
"Meetings at the Temple: Locating Women in Ancient Rome’s Urban Landscape"
The women of Republican Rome, with a few notable exceptions, supposedly lived extremely cloistered lives. They were confined exclusively to the domestic sphere and their identity was dependent on either their fathers or husbands. This presentation offers an expanded view of women’s public lives during the mid to late Roman Republic by exploring to possibility that women used the courtyard of the temple to the Goddess known as the Magna Mater to conduct public business such as planning political protests and holding meetings of women's social organizations.