Monday, April 12, 2021

Spartan Women: Accius, fr. 31-32

Roman authors often treated Spartan women similarly to the mythical Amazons; authors often idolized, objectified, or hypersexualized them.

Nihil horum similest apud Lacaenas virgines,

Quibus magis palaestra Eurota sol pulvis labor

Militia studio est quam fertilitas barbara.

--Accius fr. 31-32

There’s nothing like this among the Spartan women,

For them, exercise and sunshine and dust and hard work

And military training are more important

Than common pregnancy.



Name: Lucius Accius

Date:  170 – 86 BCE

Works:  [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



 Accius was a freeborn child of a freedman parent; he was born in Umbria (modern Italy) but later moved to Rome. He wrote several tragedies based on Greek myths, but these are no longer extant; only fragments remain of his writings.


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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