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Adultery, Roman style

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Presented by Rhiannon Evans

Was adultery ‘bad behaviour’ in ancient Rome? We have the impression that the Romans were never happy unless at a wild orgy, but how free was sex in the Roman world? In fact empresses could be executed for adultery, while one emperor’s daughter was exiled for it. For some Romans, adultery was a crime, for others, accepted practice: it all depended on who you were and when you lived. This talk will discuss the definition of adultery at Rome, think about how it related to divorce and concubinage, and consider who could get away with it.

Rhiannon Evans

Dr Rhiannon Evans is Senior Lecturer in Ancient Mediterranean Studies at La Trobe University, where she teaches Latin and ancient Roman culture. She has previously worked as a Classics Lecturer at the Universities of Melbourne and Tasmania for a total of thirteen years. After a BA in Classics and a Masters in Latin in the UK, she completed her Classics PhD in Los Angeles, and wrote her doctoral thesis on ethnography and barbarians in Latin literature. Rhiannon is interested in literary texts, and is currently working on Julius Caesar’s account of the conquest of Gaul. She has published a book on the Golden Age and Utopianism in Roman literature.

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