Elite women of ancient Rome were constantly confronted with the moral expectations generated by this patriarchal society. For the matrona (matron), perhaps the most important moral virtue for her to display privately and publicly was pudicitia, sexual chastity. For this seminar, I will present my research on the ancient Roman woman and explore whether concerns for proper feminine morality appreciably influenced the health care that she could access in the late Republic and Empire. The presentation of women in medical literature will be compared to non-medical literature and archaeology, in order to uncover the lived reality of the female patient. Additionally, an exploration of the relevant scholarship will situate the chapter and contrast its methodology with current research in the medical humanities.

About Classics and Ancient History Seminars

The zoom link for the online seminars will remain unchanged for the whole semester, and will be emailed to our mailing list for events in Classics and Ancient History. To receive the zoom link and future event updates, please email admin-hapi@uq.edu.au.

Enquiries about the seminars may be made to Associate Professor David Pritchard.

The Friends of Antiquity, an alumni organisation of the University, runs its own series of public lectures, which take place on Sunday afternoons. The Friends’ program for can be found at https://alumni.uq.edu.au/friends-of-antiquity