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Women Latin Poets: Language, Gender, and Authority from Antiquity to the Eighteenth Century

Jane Stevenson


This book addresses women's relationship to culture between the 1st century BC and the 18th century by identifying women who wrote poetry in Latin. It also considers women's prose writing in Latin and their performance as Latin orators. The earlier chapters move forward through time up to the Renaissance, which is then treated on a country-by-country basis, followed by a second suite of chapters on the early modern era. It surveys the phenomenon of women who achieved a position in public life at a time when this was not open to women in general, and how the societies in which this occurred per ... More

Keywords: women as writers, women rulers, women teachers, Latin poetry, classical Latin, medieval Latin, neo-Latin, public sphere, private sphere

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780198185024
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198185024.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jane Stevenson, author
Reader in Post-Classical Latin and Renaissance Studies, University of Aberdeen.
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