The Cult of Bona Dea

We have a tendency to imagine ancient Rome as a place where women were deprived of autonomy, existing primarily as wives. Reproduction was the watchword of womanly purpose, and the purity of a woman was both her most prized and her most ephemeral attribute. Under the constant watch of tutors and with no avenue into … More The Cult of Bona Dea

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

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

Livia Drusilla

Rise to Power Early Life Livia Drusilla was born in either 59 or 58 BCE.[1]  Her mother, Alfidia, was from a wealthy, if not aristocratic family.[2]  Livia’s father, however, Marcus Livius Drusus Claudianus, had ties to two important aristocratic families: he was a member of the Claudian family by birth and the Livian family by … More Livia Drusilla

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