Guilt, redemption and reception: representing Roman female suicide

Glendinning, Eleanor Ruth (2011) Guilt, redemption and reception: representing Roman female suicide. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.

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Abstract

This thesis examines representations of Roman female suicide in a variety of genres and periods from the history and poetry of the Augustan age (especially Livy, Ovid, Horace, Propertius and Vergil), through the drama and history of the early Principate (particularly Seneca and Tacitus), to some of the Church fathers (Tertullian, Jerome and Augustine) and martyr acts of Late Antiquity. The thesis explores how the highly ambiguous and provocative act of female suicide was developed, adapted and reformulated in historical, poetic, dramatic and political narratives. The writers of antiquity continually appropriated this controversial motif in order to comment on and evoke debates about issues relating to the moral, social and political concerns of their day: the ethics of a voluntary death, attitudes towards female sexuality, the uses and abuses of power, and traditionally expected female behaviour. In different literary contexts, and in different periods of Roman history, writers and thinkers engaged in this same intellectual exercise by utilising the suicidal female figure in their works.

Item Type: Thesis (University of Nottingham only) (PhD)
Supervisors: Bradley, M.A.
Lee, A.D.
Keywords: Rome, suicide, women
Subjects: D History - General and Old World > DG Italy
H Social sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Faculties/Schools: UK Campuses > Faculty of Arts > School of Humanities
Item ID: 13450
Depositing User: EP, Services
Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2013 09:45
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2016 05:50
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/13450

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