"Venus has kept her promises:
let her tell the story of my happiness, in case some woman will
be said not to have had her share."
Sulpicia, Six Poems, trans. Lee Pearcy.
Courtesy of Diotima.
In all of Roman literature surviving the fall
of its Empire, only six short poems from a woman named Sulpicia
have come down to us that speak in a woman's authentic voice.
Yet more has been learned of Roman women in the past thirty years
than in centuries before. From the Empress to her freedwoman,
the good wife to the prostitute, the midwife to the scholar, this
site presents an introduction to the history of the women of ancient
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