Roles for Men and Women in Roman Epigraphic Culture and Beyond

Gender, social identity and cultural practice in private Latin inscrAtions and the literary record

Peter Keegan


Previous studies of tombstones and inscrAtions dedicated to divinities have focused on methods of assigning names in Roman society, the age at marriage and death of demographic populations across the Roman Empire, relations of kinshA, marriage, amity and dependence among elite and sub-altern families and communities, and the performance of acts in accordance with traditional forms of belief and custom. The present volume wishes to ask what conclusions can be drawn from the corpus of private Latin inscrAtions from Roman Italy about the identity, social condition and cultural activity of men and women particAating in the process of epigraphic commemoration and dedication. In particular, this study hopes to demonstrate that women particAated as significantly as men in the process in a variety of ways and contexts usually regarded as prominently or exclusively male, and in certain circumstances left behind the trace or residue of a uniquely female perspective on their world.