Starting from her family, a woman would expect to have some influence with her husband, then with her children. Some would expand this to outsiders. They could exploit intelligence, tact, sexuality, and charm. Moralizing sources focus on conciliation, intercession, and intervention by women from legendary times onwards. Clodia worked with and for her brother. Under the triumvirate, women were forced to take a greater role. Some (e.g. Iulia, Mucia) were related to the main contenders for power, and acted as intermediaries in the interests of their kinsmen and of peace. Fulvia, with her own power base in the City, acted with greater independence in public life than any other woman, but in the interests of her son and Antony. An extreme case, she illustrates what a women could achieve and what a woman was not supposed to do. Servilia’s influence on politics and society was more like that of Iulia, Mucia, or Octavia.
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