By Sarah B. Pomeroy
From an acclaimed writer comes a desirable tale of the existence, marriage, and dying of an all yet forgotten Roman girl. Born to an illustrious Roman kinfolk in a hundred twenty five CE, Regilla used to be married on the age of fifteen to Herodes, a prosperous Greek who championed his country's values at a time while Rome governed.
20 years later--and 8 months pregnant along with her 6th child--Regilla died less than mysterious situations, after a blow to the stomach introduced through Herodes' freedman. Regilla's brother charged Herodes with homicide, yet a Roman courtroom (at the urging of Marcus Aurelius) acquitted him. Sarah Pomeroy's research means that regardless of Herodes' erection of various monuments to his deceased spouse, he was once in truth to blame of the crime.
A pioneer within the learn of historical girls, Pomeroy gathers a vast, distinct array of facts, from political and family members background to Greco-Roman writings and archaeology, to re-create the lifestyles and demise of Regilla. Teasing out the tensions of sophistication, gender, and ethnicity that gird this tale of marriage and homicide, Pomeroy exposes the intimate lifestyles and tragedy of an elite Roman couple. half archaeological research, half historic new version, and half detective tale, The homicide of Regilla will entice all these attracted to the non-public lives of the classical international and in a common and compelling tale of girls and kinfolk within the far-off prior.
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D. one zero one start of Herodes Atticus one hundred ten Faustina the Elder marries Antoninus Pius 117–138 Reign of Hadrian one hundred twenty five start of Regilla 126 dying of Plutarch a hundred thirty beginning of Faustina the more youthful 138/9 Regilla marries Herodes Atticus 138–161 Reign of Antoninus Pius 138 Antoninus Pius adopts M. Aurelius and L. Verus a hundred and forty dying of Faustina the Elder 141 delivery and demise of baby Claudius 142 delivery of Elpinice 143 Herodes Atticus and Fronto consuls 143/44 beginning of Athenais; Panathenaic stadium rebuilt a hundred forty five start of Bradua, Faustina the more youthful marries M. Aurelius 149 to 153 Regilla constructs nymphaeum at Olympia one hundred fifty beginning of Regillus one hundred fifty five loss of life of Regillus Chronological Chart 178 a hundred and sixty loss of life of Regilla 160/61 demise of Athenais one hundred sixty five dying of Elpinice 161–180 M. Aurelius reigns with L. Verus, then on my own 169 dying of L. Verus a hundred and seventy delivery of Philostratus; Herodes completes odeion 174 Athenians cost Herodes with tyranny one hundred seventy five loss of life of Faustina the more youthful 177 dying of Herodes* * For the date of Herodes’ dying see Simon Swain, “The advertising of Hadrian of Tyre and the loss of life of Herodes Atticus,” CP eighty five (1990), 214–216, esp. 214 and 216. NOTES i've got translated all of the old proof I found in order to make it obtainable to the reader; my translation of the lengthy poem composed through Marcellus of aspect in honor of Regilla is the ﬁrst to be released in English. Line numbers in my English translations correspond to the road numbers of the unique Greek and Latin inscriptions. sq. brackets point out a scholarly recovery, often, in accordance with related passages in different texts. images convey the proper archaeological facts. With a couple of visible exceptions, magazine titles are abbreviated in keeping with the varieties in L’année philologique and the checklist released on-line by way of the yankee magazine of Archaeology. permitted abbreviations are used for traditional works. Lists of ordinary abbreviations might be present in reference books equivalent to the Oxford Classical Dictionary, edited by means of Simon Hornblower and Antony Spawforth, third ed. (Oxford, 2003) and within the significant Greek and Latin dictionaries. Works of Plutarch are noted via the English titles given via Donald Russell, Plutarch: chosen Essays and Dialogues (Oxford [World’s Classics], 1993), xxii–xxix. Inscriptions which are released in Walter Ameling, Herodes Atticus (Hildesheim, 1983), are brought up as pointed out in that paintings, even if Ameling’s method isn't really constantly in step with the tactic of quotation in different epigraphical courses. “Ps. ” previous an author’s identify implies that students have doubted the attribution of a piece to the writer named; notwithstanding, such works have been frequently written through a much less unique modern of the writer named. Emphasizing that the point of interest of this research is on a girl, i'll cite Marie-Thérèse 180 Notes to Pages 1–4 Raepsaet-Charlier, Prosopographie des femmes de l’ordre sénatorial (Ier–IIe s. ) (Louvain, 1987), instead of different ordinary prosopographical works comparable to the Prosopographia imperii Romani (saec.