Ideality in Myth and Reality: A Study of the Roles, Rights, and Powers of Women in Ancient Rome
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The purpose of this paper is to examine the characteristics that were traditionally considered to be ideal for the Roman matron and then to characteristically look at how particular women were able to act in an untraditional way while still being labeled as ideal. Such women would change and redefine the place of women in Roman society, opening up possibilities for later women of the Roman Empire. Characteristically, this change starts in the upper-classes, but that does not require it to be limited there. Women in the Empire demonstrate the possibility of social mobility and an activeness in political life, even to the extent of later empresses effectively running the government.