Imperial Women

A Study in Public Images, 40 BC - AD 68

Author: Wood
Portraits of women -- on coins, public monuments, and private luxury objects --became an increasingly familiar sight throughout the Roman Empire. These portraits, always freighted with political significance, communicated social messages about the appropriate roles, behavior, and self-presentation of women.
This book traces the emergence and development of the public female portrait, from Octavia, the first Roman woman to be represented on coinage, to the formidable and ambitious Agrippina the Younger, whose assassination demonstrated to later women the limits of official power they could demand.
Susan E. Wood, Ph.D. (1979) in Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University, is a Professor of Art History at Oakland University. She has published extensively on Roman portraiture and funerary monuments.
' ...this book makes valuable contribution to the furtherance of our knowledge of Romes Julio-Claudian women.
Tonya M. Lambert, Canadian Journal of History, 2003.
From reviews of the hardcover edition:
' This excellent book represents a general treatment of the subject and will be warmly welcomed by both classical scholars and art historians alike...Wood brings a special quality to the task, combining her keen scholarship with a recognition of the need to spell out carefully her methodology.'.
Anthony A. Barrett, University of British Columbia
Those interested in Roman portraiture, numismatics, ancient history, and women's history. Intended to be accessible to the undergraduate or interested layman as well as professional scholar.