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The Art of LoveBimillennial Essays on Ovid's Ars Amatoria and Remedia Amoris$
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Steven Green

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199277773

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199277773.001.0001

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Women on Top: Livia and Andromache

Women on Top: Livia and Andromache

(p.96) 6 Women on Top: Livia and Andromache
The Art of Love

Alessandro Barchiesi

Oxford University Press

This chapter sees both the Leges Iuliae and the Ars Amatoria as creative attempts to redraw the boundaries for different groups of women. Focussing on two named individuals – the historical ‘first lady’ Livia and the mythological Andromache – it demonstrates the ways in which these two women at one time represent polar opposites (the ideal wife and the concubine respectively), and at another appear to occupy a ‘middle ground’ between the two poles. The instability of female categorisation in the Ars is, in turn, a (playful) commentary on the negotiation of gender roles in the Augustan age.

Keywords:   Ars Amatoria, love, Augustus, politics, Rome, Livia, Andromache

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