Mea lux, meum desiderium: Cicero's letters to Terentia and marital ideals Public Deposited

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  • March 20, 2019
  • Peterkin, Jetta Maria
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Classics
  • The marriage of the famed Roman orator Cicero to his first wife Terentia is often cited as an example of Roman marital relationships because of the letters that survive from him to her. However, their marriage needs to be compared to other sources that describe marital interactions to determine if we can use it as a model for other Roman unions. The lack of a variety of sources from Roman marriages has limited this investigation to comparing Cicero and Terentia to the ideals that are present in epigraphic and epistolographic records. The results demonstrate that, within certain socio-economic parameters, the marriage of Cicero and Terentia would have been considered normative by other Romans. As such, their relationship is an effective model for how Romans would have viewed a successful marriage.
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  • "... in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in the Department of Classics (Latin)."
  • Riess, Werner
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