Saturday, January 2, 2021

Insights on the Treatment of Women in Early Rome: A Fragment of Naevius

 Desubito famam tollunt si quam solam videre in via.

--Naevius fr. 12, quoted in Nonius

Suddenly, they raise hell if they see a woman alone on the street.



Name:  Gnaeus Naevius

Date:  3rd c. BCE

Works:  tragedies & comedies [now lost]



Region 1: Peninsular Italy; Region 2: Western Europe; Region 3: Western Coast of Africa; Region 4: Egypt and Eastern Mediterranean; Region 5: Greece and the Balkans



 Naevius was an Italian poet who wrote comedies, tragedies, and satires during the 3rd century BCE. His works were often considered salacious; he was imprisoned, freed, and later exiled because of his works. Although he wrote dozens of plays and a history of the First Punic War, these are no longer extant; his works only survive in fragments and quotes preserved by other authors.


Early Roman Lit: through 2nd c BCE: Republican Rome: through 1st c. BCE; Golden Age: 70 BCE to 18 CE; Silver Age: 18 CE to 150 CE; Age of Conflict: 150 CE - 410 CE; Byzantine and Late Latin: after 410 CE

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