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Motherhood and the OtherFashioning Female Power in Flavian Epic$
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Antony Augoustakis

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199584413

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199584413.001.0001

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Comes ultima fati: Regulus' Encounter with Marcia's Otherness in Punica 6

Comes ultima fati: Regulus' Encounter with Marcia's Otherness in Punica 6

(p.156) 3 Comes ultima fati: Regulus' Encounter with Marcia's Otherness in Punica 6
Motherhood and the Other

Antony Augoustakis (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the sixth book of the Punica, an analeptic narrative on the adventures of Regulus during the First Punic War, as retold to Regulus' son, Serranus, by Marus. Regulus' wife, Marcia, is fashioned by the poet as an emblem of female liminality. Marcia's voice, filtered through Marus' male perspective, enhances our understanding of the ideological orientation in Rome at a crucial moment in the Second Punic War. The female figure points to the male protagonist's failure to secure stability for his own family in the private domain, a weakness that by and large, extends to the public sphere. By pointing to her husband's failures and disagreeing with a particular course of action, Marcia's presence mobilizes a departure from established norms and as a result constitutes a driving force for a new model for future Roman leadership.

Keywords:   Punica, first Punic war, analeptic narrative, Regulus, Marcia, Serranus, Marus

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