La Trobe Classics in the City 2019: Sulpicia - Rome's only female love poet

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Artwork of Sulpicia. ‘At last love has come, of such a kind that the rumour of having concealed it would shame me more than having stripped it bare.’

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Date:
Wednesday 18 September 2019 06:00 pm until Wednesday 18 September 2019 08:00 pm (Add to calendar)
Contact:
Gillian Shepherd
03 9479 2845; g.shepherd@latrobe.edu.au
Presented by:
Leah O'Hearn
Type of Event:
Public Lecture

Daring and defiant, Sulpicia is the only female Roman poet whose work has survived. Rome’s literary culture was very much the domain of men, and elite men at that.

So unusual is the survival of Sulpicia’s work that some have argued it could not possibly have been written by a woman. So, who was Sulpicia and could a Roman woman write on the risqué theme of love?

Presenter:

Leah O’Hearn is completing her PhD in Classics and Ancient History at La Trobe University.

Her dissertation examines the themes of mental conflict, self-control, and erotic desire in the poetry of Catullus.

Leah is interested in the emotions and poetic self-representation in Hellenistic Greek literature and Roman literature of the Late Republic and Augustan periods.

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