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Fulvia

Playing for Power at the End of the Roman Republic

Celia E. Schultz

October 2021

ISBN: 9780197601839

144 pages
Paperback
235x156mm

In Stock

Price: £16.99

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Fulvia is the first full-length biography in English focused solely on Fulvia, daughter of Sempronia and Bambalio, who is best known as the wife of Marcus Antonius (Mark Antony). It peels away the heavily biased accounts of her to reveal a strong-willed, independent woman who was, by many traditional measures, a successful Roman matron.

  • The first full-length biography in English focused solely on Fulvia, best known as the wife of Marcus Antonius (Mark Antony)
  • Traces Fulvia's life from childhood in an aristocratic Roman household through her three marriages
  • Examines Fulvia's historical legacy and the precedents she set for the women of Rome's imperial house.

About the Author(s)

Celia E. Schultz, Professor and Chair of Classical Studies, Michigan University

Celia E. Schultz is Professor of Classical Studies at the University of Michigan and the author of Women's Religious Activity in the Roman Republic and A Commentary on Cicero, De Divinatione I.

Table of Contents

    1. The Background
    2. Fulvia Enters the Scene
    3. Life with Curio and Antonius
    4. Fulvia's Final Act
    5. After Fulvia's Death
    Bibliography
    Index

Reviews

"Schultz has crafted a very compelling narrative, leaving aside all clichés and analysing in depth the politics at the time." - Cristina Rosillo-López, Universidad Pablo de Olavide

"The character that emerges from Schultz's prose is a woman possessing intelligence, independence, and political skill rivaling that of the great men around her." - J. Tucci, CHOICE

"This is a well-written book, accessible for undergraduates and graduates (the paperback edition is very affordable), that offers a well-balanced, informed and nuanced picture of a powerful and important figure of the Late Republic. Schultz has crafted a very compelling narrative, leaving aside all clichés and analysing in depth the politics at the time. All in all, it is a worthwhile read." - Bryn Mawr Classical Review

"Schultz (Univ. of Michigan) adds to the growing body of scholarship on ancient women with this superb monograph on Fulvia, the first full-length biography of this important Roman figure.... Highly recommended." - CHOICE

"The Roman matron Fulvia was held in contempt by ancient historians as no other woman of the Republic was. She was accused of fomenting civil war, mutilating the orator Cicero's corpse, and, worst of all, paving the way for her husband Antony's later enslavement to Cleopatra. In this well-informed and often witty book, Celia Schultz gives us a truer picture of Fulvia's remarkable life, shrewdly tracing the distortions back to Antony's political enemies and probably Antony himself." - Josiah Osgood, Georgetown University

"There is far more to Fulvia's story than her husbands and her enemies, and Celia Schultz tells it skillfully and insightfully. This is a judicious, delightfully readable, and much-needed biography." - Jeffrey Tatum, Victoria University of Wellington