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Women in Rome


femininity, the same
habits of mind are revealed. Herein is the chief use of
history--above
that of gratifying natural curiosity--the ascertaining
how human nature
will comport itself under varying conditions. The author
hopes that the
following pages, wherein the Roman woman is taken as an
illustration,
will be found of use to the student of the science of
humanity, and not
uninteresting to the reader inquisitive as to the manner
of the ancient
civilization.
ALFRED BRITTAIN.
I
THE WOMAN OF LEGENDARY ROME
The conditions which governed the life of woman in the
earliest days of
Roman history are too far removed from the searchlight
of historical
investigation for us to essay to indicate them with any
degree of
fulness and accuracy of detail. While it is true that
the ancient
writers have bequeathed to us records of historic events
from the very
founding of their nation, the source of their
information is very
questionable and its authenticity extremely doubtful.
Rome did not
cultivate literature until very late in her history; she
was too greatly
preoccupied in her rôle of conquering the world. At a
time when every
Greek was acquainted with the noblest poetry produced by
his gifted
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