Messalina : empress, adulteress, libertine ; the story of the most notorious woman of the Roman world
(Book)

Book Cover
Published
[New York] : Pegasus Books, 2023.
Edition
First Pegasus Books cloth edition.
ISBN
1639363955, 9781639363957
Physical Desc
xxix, 402 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps, genealogical tables ; 24 cm
Status

Copies

LocationCall NumberStatus
Belmont Beech St. - New BooksB MESSALINA, V./ CARChecked Out
Cambridge - New Books937.0709 MessalinaChecked Out
Franklin - AdultB MESSALINA 2023On Shelf
Medford - AdultBIOG Messalina, V.On Shelf
Newton - Adult937.07 C19M 2023On Shelf
Show All Copies

More Details

Published
[New York] : Pegasus Books, 2023.
Format
Book
Edition
First Pegasus Books cloth edition.
Language
English
ISBN
1639363955, 9781639363957

Notes

Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 352-363) and index.
Description
The story of Messalina, third wife of the emperor Claudius and one of the most notorious women to have inhabited the Roman world. The image of the empress Messalina as a ruthless, sexually insatiable schemer, derived from the work of Roman historians such as Tacitus and Suetonius, has taken deep root in the Western imagination. The stories they told about her included nightly visits to a brothel and a twenty-four-hour sex competition with a prostitute. Tales like these have defined the empress's legacy, but her real story is much more complex. In her new life of Messalina, the classicist Honor Cargill-Martin reappraises one of the most slandered and underestimated female figures of ancient history. Looking beyond the salacious anecdotes, she finds a woman battling to assert her position in the overwhelmingly male world of imperial Roman politics--and succeeding. Intelligent, passionate, and ruthless when she needed to be, Messalina's story encapsulates the cut-throat political manoeuvring and unimaginable luxury of the Julio-Claudian dynasty in its heyday. Cargill-Martin sets out not to 'salvage' Messalina's reputation, but to look at her life in the context of her time. Above all, she seeks to reclaim the humanity of a life story previously circumscribed by currents of high politics and patriarchy.

Description

Loading Description...

More Like This

Loading more titles like this title...

NoveList

Citations

APA Citation, 7th Edition (style guide)

Cargill, H. (2023). Messalina: empress, adulteress, libertine ; the story of the most notorious woman of the Roman world (First Pegasus Books cloth edition.). Pegasus Books.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Cargill, Honor. 2023. Messalina: Empress, Adulteress, Libertine ; the Story of the Most Notorious Woman of the Roman World. Pegasus Books.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities (Notes and Bibliography) Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Cargill, Honor. Messalina: Empress, Adulteress, Libertine ; the Story of the Most Notorious Woman of the Roman World Pegasus Books, 2023.

MLA Citation, 9th Edition (style guide)

Cargill, Honor. Messalina: Empress, Adulteress, Libertine ; the Story of the Most Notorious Woman of the Roman World First Pegasus Books cloth edition., Pegasus Books, 2023.

Note! Citations contain only title, author, edition, publisher, and year published. Citations should be used as a guideline and should be double checked for accuracy. Citation formats are based on standards as of August 2021.

Staff View

Loading Staff View.