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Title: Prudentissima et diligentissima femina Servilia, M. Bruti mater, tra Cesariani e Cesaricidi
Authors: Borrello, Sara
Issue Date: 28-Jun-2016
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Source: Sara Borrello, "Prudentissima et diligentissima femina Servilia, M. Bruti mater, tra Cesariani e Cesaricidi" in: Francesca Cenerini e Francesca Rohr Vio (a cura di), "Matronae in domo et in re publica agentes - spazi e occasioni dell'azione femminile nel mondo romano tra tarda repubblica e primo impero", Trieste, EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, 2016, pp. 165-191
Series/Report no.: Polymnia. Collana di Scienze dell'Antichità. Studi di Storia romana
This paper concerns the figure of Servilia, a matrona who lived in the late Roman
Republic and who was the mother of M. Junius Brutus, the half-sister of Cato of Utica,
the mistress and close friend of Julius Caesar. During her existence, she was the focus of
a web of relationships with politicians belonging to different parties. In particular, the
study aims to reconstruct her political behaviour ‘behind the curtain’ during the historical
events which occurred after Caesar’s assassination, when she played a very important
role for the Caesaricide faction, until the death of Brutus and Cassius. The analysis of
literary sources, in particular Cicero’s corre-spondence, allows to underline, on the one
hand, the actions that qualify her as a woman extra mores, though legitimized by the
pietas that she displayed in her son’s interest; on the other hand, the use of traditionally
masculine media, especially the verbal one, which alienates Servilia from the feminine
canon of the mos ma-iorum but which justifies her enterprise because of the particular
historical context of the late Roman Republic.
Type: Article
ISBN: 978-88-8303-753-5
eISBN: 978-88-8303-754-2
Appears in Collections:05. Matronae in domo et in re publica agentes

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