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By Barbara M. Levick

ISBN-10: 0195379411

ISBN-13: 9780195379419

The Roman empress Faustina the Elder (c. 97-140) and her daughter Faustina II (c. 130-175) were topic to feedback from the earliest files, defined in flip as fickle, untrue, and treasonous. but their husbands, the emperors Antoninus Pius and Marcus Aurelius, have reputations as golden as that of the total Antonine age and appear to have proposal favorably of them as prolific moms, unswerving spouses, and valuable enhances to the army and political court cases of the empire. at the most simple point of lineage and procreation, the 2 ladies have been obviously vital for developing the Antonine dynasty. but, the Faustinae, as they're in most cases referred, additionally proved instrumental in solidifying in Roman minds a dead ringer for a nurturing and harmonious empire. Barbara M. Levick's Faustina I and II rigorously synthesizes the numerous competing resources at the Faustinae into one finished research, demonstrating the level to which girls may perhaps and did impact either the inner workings and exterior status of the imperial dynasty. The booklet strains Faustina I's formation of her family's history amid a brand new empire via to Faustina II's enhancement of that legacy, focusing particularly at the more youthful Faustina's deep involvement in palace politics and her attainable position within the rebel of Avidius Cassius in a hundred seventy five. via an research of every little thing from textual facts to portraiture and coin inscriptions, this learn finally conjures up those girls whose specified biographies should not constantly sure, yet whose relevance to their contemporaries and present scholarship is completely distinct.

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