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Faustina I and IIImperial Women of the Golden Age$
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Barbara M. Levick

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780195379419

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195379419.001.0001

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The Empresses and Women’s Power

The Empresses and Women’s Power

(p.19) Chapter Two The Empresses and Women’s Power
Faustina I and II

Barbara M. Levick

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the concept of “women's power” in relation to empresses' roles in Roman aristocracy. Despite being of the “inferior” sex, the empresses Faustnia I and II were able to wield considerable power and influence, even in a militaristic state that would only further undermine them. A woman in their position was able to explore several avenues of power: from seeming vulnerability as one obtaining privileges via the relationship with a husband, to involvement in marriage alliances and succession plans, and even to the right to be portrayed in official coinage.

Keywords:   women's power, Roman aristocracy, militaristic state, coinage, emperor

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