Women in the Classical Era

Dec
02
Ghastly painting of Erictho, holding snakes and a noose. She looks to be laughing.

Lucan's Description of the Necromancer-Witch Erichtho

An excerpt from Lucan's epic poem, Pharsalia (1st century CE), introducing the villainous witch Erictho, who is sought out by Pompey's son during the civil war.
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Nov
29
How One Roman Matron Caused All Women To Be Banned from Practicing Law

How One Roman Matron Caused All Women To Be Banned from Practicing Law

C. Afrania was so infamous that the edict against women advocates, first instituted in the 1st century BCE, was later extended to all of Europe. It then snowballed into something much worse...
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