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Female head covering in the early Imperial period: questions of the covered 'other' and the ideal of Augustan womanhood

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posted on 29.03.2022, 00:35 by Elizabeth Smith
This thesis examines the nature of the literary evidence for female head covering in early imperial Rome (defined for this purpose as 31 BC- AD 68) via a socio-cultural analysis of early imperial poetry. Data is collected from searches in the Thesaurus Latinae Linguae (TLL) for the terms amictus, palla, infula, vitta, mitra and flammeum. Patterns as to the use of these head covering garments and adornments to characterise female protagonists in early imperial poetry are analysed and early imperial attitudes to covering are determined. It is proposed that attitudes to covering in early imperial Rome were not beholden to a single perspective and concluded that a complex discourse on covering existed in early imperial literature. The approach of the thesis is informed by a post-colonial feminist reading of Orientalism that allows for critique of previous scholars who have ‘other-ed’ ancient women vis-à-vis the use of terms such as ‘veil’. Application of this reading to the early imperial corpus elucidates information about gender roles in the Augustan era and provides insight into ancient Rome as a nuanced culture that possessed an array of social roles, values and ways of making meaning.

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Table of Contents

Chapter One. Review of current scholarship -- Chapter Two. Approach and methodology : language and the construction of identity -- Chapter Three. Early Imperial poetry: the amictus, palla, and the 'deviant' versus 'ideal' female -- Chapter Four. The early Imperial discourse on covering: custom, metaphor and gender -- Conclusion.

Notes

Theoretical thesis. Bibliography: pages 99-106

Awarding Institution

Macquarie University

Degree Type

Thesis MRes

Degree

MRes, Macquarie University, Faculty of Arts, Department of Ancient History

Department, Centre or School

Department of Ancient History

Year of Award

2014

Principal Supervisor

Lea Beness

Rights

Copyright Elizabeth Smith 2014. Copyright disclaimer: http://www.copyright.mq.edu.au

Language

English

Jurisdiction

Italy

Extent

1 online resource (xiv, 106 pages)

Former Identifiers

mq:48817 http://hdl.handle.net/1959.14/1102031