Women's Costume and Feminine Civic Morality in Augustan Rome
Augustus claimed that the moral decay of the Roman Republic was especially due to Roman women who had forsaken their traditional role of custos domi (`preserver of the house/hold'). In reforming feminine morality, Augustus created a new pictorial language that troped the feminine body as a `moral sign' of civic morality and authorized a distinctive costume for women. Sebesta investigates the relationship between women's garments, the female body and the Roman concept of feminine civic morality.
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Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: University of South Dakota (USA)
Publication date: 1997-11-01