The Portrayal of Venus in Pompeian Frescoes

History and Depictions of the Love Goddesses’ Image Throughout antiquity, the portrayal of Venus and her Greek counterpart, Aphrodite, has changed time and time again. Even just comparing her Greek representations to her Roman representations, there is a clear difference in how she was believed to look, what she was believed to wear, and even … More The Portrayal of Venus in Pompeian Frescoes

The Pythia at Delphi: A Topic of Continued Intrigue

A Quick Introduction Delphi was perhaps the most important religious sanctuary of the ancient Greek world. This institution was so integral to life in the Mediterranean that it continued to function through the reign of Alexander the Great and into the Roman Empire. The prophecies given here play a large role, both in literature such … More The Pythia at Delphi: A Topic of Continued Intrigue

Women’s Fashion in Imperial Rome

The clothes of Roman women were not just practical but were also indicators of the woman’s standing in society. Wealth could be hinted at through vibrant colours and elaborate hairstyles. Clothes also differed between ages and marriage. In this page, I will discuss what clothing articles were worn, how they were worn, as well as what they signified with discussion on materials, dyes, hairstyles, and makeup. … More Women’s Fashion in Imperial Rome

Women in Pompeii and Their Dominance Through Frescoes

Overview:  Frescoes that have been frozen in time through volcanic ash help tell the stories of women in Pompeii. Prior to the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, Pompeii was a thriving city by the bay of Naples that served both the community and visitors. In Pompeii, prostitution was common among lower class women and their trade … More Women in Pompeii and Their Dominance Through Frescoes

Ancient Roman Prostitues

  Who: Female Prostitutes What: Prostitution in Ancient Rome Where: Mostly Pompeii, but prostitution was everywhere When: primarily between 200 BCE and 250 CE Why: Though many high school history books may hide the knowledge of ancient prostitutes, that does not mean they do not exist. Prostitution has been around for a very long time, often referred … More Ancient Roman Prostitues

Midwives

The average married woman in antiquity was likely to have an average of four to six children, and with high infant mortality rates, ancient midwives would have done invaluable work. … More Midwives

Pregnancy & Childbirth in Ancient Greece

  As one might expect, childbirth in the ancient world was extremely dangerous. This was due partially to a lack of understanding about the female body, leading to societal assumptions about pregnancy and childbirth, as well as the use of potentially dangerous herbs. The Hippocratic writings A large portion of the written sources about women’s … More Pregnancy & Childbirth in Ancient Greece