Murder of Regilla Paperback – 10 Mar 2010
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A fascinating and vivid portrait, by one of the greatest authorities on ancient women. Drawing on a wide variety of ancient sources, Pomeroy enables us to see Regilla in her complex and dangerous environment. An informative and accessible introduction to the world of the second century AD.--Mary Lefkowitz, Wellesley College
A bold and well-informed first history of Regilla herself. Pomeroy is supremely well qualified to assess literary, epigraphic, architectural, and sculptural evidence. Her dramatic narrative and sympathetic presentation afford a gripping read.--Barbara Levick, Oxford University
Sarah Pomeroy has been one of the most influential voices in the study of women in antiquity. It's good to find her now turning to the multi-cultural world of Greece under the Roman Empire--and to a nasty case of domestic murder.--Mary Beard, Cambridge University
Imaginatively deploying sparse and disparate sources, Pomeroy has constructed a dazzling mosaic, setting the biography of a unique woman into the little-known world of second century Roman Greece.--Jo Ann Kay McNamara, author of "Sisters in Arms: Catholic Nuns through Two Millennia"
Sarah B. Pomeroy's passionate account in "The Murder of Regilla," following her from birth to death, is a sharp reminder of the brutally blunt edges of gender inequality.--Joy Connolly"Times Literary Supplement" (04/11/2008)
About the Author
Sarah B. Pomeroy is Distinguished Professor Emerita of Classics and History at the City University of New York.
Top Customer Reviews
Regilla was born to an important Roman family in AD 125. She was related to members of the imperial family: Faustina Major, who was married to Antoninus Pius (emperor 138-161), and Faustina Minor, who was married to Marcus Aurelius (emperor 161-180). Before she was 15 (in 138 or 139), she was married to a man who was more than 20 years older than her. Herodes Atticus (born ca. 101) was a wealthy man from Greece, appointed as a tutor of the future emperors Lucius Verus (161-169) and Marcus Aurelius. The couple had five children, but most of them died young.
In 160, when she was eight months pregnant with their sixth child, she died under mysterious circumstances. A slave named Alcimedon allegedly kicked her in the abdomen, following an order from Herodes. Both mother and child died.
Her brother Bradua, a consul in that year, accused Herodes of murder. The case was taken up in a Roman court, where Herodes was acquitted, maybe because of instructions from Marcus Aurelius, who wanted to protect his former tutor. Herodes outlived his wife by some 17 years. He claimed he was innocent. But Pomeroy believes he was guilty. After his acquittal, he built several monuments commemorating and praising his deceased wife. Pomeroy believes this merely shows his bad conscience.Read more ›
repetitive in its descriptions. The author is very profound in Roman history and
customs but she indulges too much in descriptions that are not much related with
the story she intended to write.
At a certain moment I stopped reading.
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Pomeroy's laconic prose adds to the sense that you're peering through a window into the ancient Roman world. Highly recommended!
We know of Regilla's fate in the beginning of this tale. What we learn from then on is everything Pomeroy can tease out of the few extant sources regarding Regilla - the possible reasons for the murder, the tenuous position of even wealthy women in this age, and the social milieu in which Regilla lived her short life.
I think this book could have been a lot more interesting than it was, considering the topic, but academic writing is often very dry and we must forgive that fact. It was sort of intriguing to learn about the criminal justice system of the time (if I'm reading right, murders did not get prosecuted automatically but someone had to bring a prosecution against the alleged killer, like a civil suit today). But I think I could only recommend this book to classics historians or women's studies scholars.
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