Sub Title
A Story of Empire, Slander and Adultery
Description

<p><b>The story of Messalina – third wife of Emperor Claudius and one of the most notorious women to have inhabited the Roman world.</b></p><p>The lubricious image of the Empress Messalina as a ruthless, predatory and sexually insatiable schemer, derived from the work of male historians such as Tacitus and Suetonius, has taken deep root in the Western imagination. Here, the classicist Honor Cargill-Martin puts this traditional narrative of Messalina on trial. She looks first at Messalina's life as it is recounted in the sources, before using material and circumstantial evidence to reconstruct each aspect of Messalina's character: politician, wife, adulteress and prostitute. Finally, she explores how posterity has memorialised Messalina, whether as artist's muse, epitome of depraved pagan womanhood, or as libertine icon portrayed in literature and film.</p><p>Cargill-Martin sets out not to rewrite entirely Messalina's history, or to salvage her reputation, but to look at her life in the context of her time and to reclaim the humanity of a life story previously defined by currents of high politics and patriarchy.</p>

ISBN
9781804549643
Imprint
Apollo
Category
Non Fiction
Published
Pages
352
Annotation

<p>A standalone biography of the Empress Messalina – third wife of Emperor Claudius and one of the most notorious women to have inhabited the Roman world.</p>

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Illustrations
2 x 8pp col
Editions
ISBN
9781801102599
Format
Hardback
Title
Messalina
Price_Amount
27.99
ISBN
9781801102612
Format
eBook
Title
Messalina
Price_Amount
9.99
ISBN
9781804549643
Format
Trade Paperback
Title
Messalina
Price_Amount
16.99
Prices
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BIC Code
HBLA1
Genre
Export Only
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Sales Points

<p>A long overdue biography of a politically and culturally important Julio-Claudian woman.</p>

<p>Reconstructs the life of a woman whose story has previously been overlooked by male historians.</p>

<p>Honor Cargill-Martin is a well-connected young historian and author, with a first class degree and a masters from Oxford University.</p>

<p>MARKET: Bettany Hughes; Emma Southon; Annelise Freisenbruch; Helen Castor; Hallie Rubenhold; Natalie Haynes.</p>

Measure X
153
Measure
mm
Measure Y
234
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Off