Cornelia, Mother of Gracchi (Women of the Ancient World) by Suzanne Dixon

By Suzanne Dixon

Analyzing the awesome lifetime of Cornelia, famed because the epitome of advantage, constancy and intelligence, Suzanne Dixon offers an in-depth research of the lady who might be represented the proper of the Roman matrona greater than the other. learning her existence in the course of a interval of political turmoil, Dixon examines Cornelia's attributes: daughter of Scipio Africanus, spouse of an aristocrat, and mom of the Gracchi; and the way those enabled her to maneuver in excessive echelons of society. for college kids and students of classical reports and Roman historical past, this book will give scholars a glimpse into the lifetime of Cornelia, and of the impression she had at the interval.

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It would normally have been passed on to her own married daughters, the two Corneliae. Polybius predictably treats the action as an instance of Aemilianus’ generosity but perhaps this largesse was approved by Cornelia and her sister, for Sempronia’s subsequent marriage to Aemilianus suggests that relations People, politics, propaganda 17 between the cousins (= aunt and nephew) were good. 154, Cornelia must have played a key role in the decision to re-cement the existing family relationships in this conventional way, much as her mother had done in settling her own marriage at a family council (Plut.

He was told that if the female snake died first his wife would predecease him, but if the male died, he would predecease her. In view of his wife’s youth, he chose to kill the male snake and, sure enough, Tiberius died not long afterwards. 6 Fact and fable Leaving aside any Freudian symbolism, there is nothing intrinsically improbable about snakes appearing in a household or about a pious ageing man seeking an interpretation from a state soothsayer. The fantastic conclusions drawn from Tiberius Gracchus’ subsequent death are typical of the credulous in any age.

Her personality and her famous hospitality drew the most cultivated people of the time to Misenum, where her villa became a social and cultural centre. Throughout her old age, she captivated her visitors with anecdotes about her famous father and sons. 3 She lived in a time of great change, following the defeat of the Carthaginian Hannibal and the expansion of Rome into the eastern Mediterranean. This is the period associated by the Romans with their own growing wealth, luxury and culture, features embodied in the long-lived Cornelia, who was a young girl (how young we cannot tell) when she married her much older husband.

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