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Ovid's FastiHistorical Readings at its Bimillennium$
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Geraldine Herbert-Brown

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780198154754

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198154754.001.0001

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The Fasti as a Source for Women's Participation in Roman Cult

The Fasti as a Source for Women's Participation in Roman Cult

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(p.23) 2 The Fasti as a Source for Women's Participation in Roman Cult
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Ovid's Fasti
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Elaine Fantham

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198154754.003.0002

This chapter considers the Fasti as a source for women’s participation in Roman cult. Collective supplications, private prayers and offerings, rites associated with chastity and fertility, the ritual of lavatio, the classification of women into matrons, virgins and prostitutes for the cult of Venus, and the poet’s instructions for women on proper behaviour as worshippers, are discussed. The chapter shows how Ovid, with his selection of festivals concerning women, has designed his text to frame his narratives with tributes to the Augustan moral and social ideology for women embodied in the public acts of Livia, the ‘first woman in Rome’.

Keywords:   women’s festivals, cult, Venus worship, Livia, chastity, fertility, Augustan ideology

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