Why, yes, I murdered the king: the women of ancient Rome


Often overlooked, but never really absent, are the women of the early history of Rome. While Lucretia is rightly well known, she is not the only woman who deserves a place in our understanding of the growth of Rome under kings. From Hersilia, wife of Romulus, who became involved in politics to Tullia who was complicit in the murder of her father, King Servius Tullius, the first women of Rome are less well known today but they were certainly not boring. ! Dr Fiona Radford and Dr Peta Greenfield, hosts of the popular Roman History Podcast, Partial historians, will explore the fantastic tales of the first women of Rome considering their representation in ancient sources.

Dr Fiona Radford is a Rome expert in cinema, especially Kubrick Spartacus (1960). His most recent work is a commentary on the screenplay of Gladiators. Dr Peta Greenfield is an expert on the Vestals of Rome. His most recent work is to write for Bad old, questioning common claims on the ancient world. they hosted Partial historians podcast since 2013 bringing ancient Rome to listeners around the world, collaborated with TED-Ed to bring the story of the Vestal Virgins, Spartacus and Augustus to a wider audience, and spoke internationally about the value of podcasting as part of university outreach. Rumor has it that they are writing a book together on the kings of Rome.

This event is co-organized by Australasian Women in Ancient World Studies.


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