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Servilia and her Family$
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Susan Treggiari

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198829348

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198829348.001.0001

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Childhood (c.100–c.88)

Childhood (c.100–c.88)

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(p.47) 3 Childhood (c.100–c.88)
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Servilia and her Family
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Susan Treggiari

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198829348.003.0003

Stories about the Younger Cato as a child may give some insight into the childhood of his older half-sister, Servilia. She grew up in a rich household, the headquarters of her uncle M. Drusus’s intense political activity. Her academic and social education will have been given by slaves, freedmen, and male and female relations. Drusus, who was trying to enfranchise the Italians, was murdered in his home. Servilia’s father Q. Caepio was killed in war. Servilia and her siblings were left probably to the care of a grandmother, Cornelia. A circle of kin, especially women, was available to provide support, role models, and an involvement with politics.

Keywords:   Servilia, Cato, M. Livius Drusus, Q. Servilius Caepio, Cornelia Drusi, household, women

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