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Constructing Identity: Women, Public Building, and Ummidia Quadratilla’s Entertainment Complex at Roman Casinum

Jan 17, 2019

Taking the wealthy matron Ummidia Quadratilla as a case study, we will explore the implications of women’s public building projects during the Roman imperial period.

Part of the Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Studies (CMRS) Colloquium Series

Thursday, Jan. 17
4:30 pm
Shannon Library, STM College, 1437 College Dr.

Free and open to the public

A talk by Karin S. Tate, CMRS Fellow

Abstract
Taking the wealthy matron Ummidia Quadratilla as a case study, we will explore the implications of women’s public building projects during the Roman imperial period. Contrary to the idea that female benefactors financed public buildings only to promote their family or advertise the careers of their male relatives, this talk sets Ummidia Quadratilla’s building projects within elite Roman society’s obsession with social status, wealth, and the necessity of a suitable public persona.

Karin S. Tate is a PhD candidate in classical archaeology in the Department of History and Classics at the University of Alberta and a sessional lecturer in Roman history at USask.

Info: cmrs.director@usask.ca

 

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