This illustrated talk with Tolly Boatwright, professor of Classical Studies at Duke University, begins with family, books, and the Stonington Free Library, then moves to the speaker’s current project on Rome’s imperial women. If the Roman emperor was “first among equals,” what position did his wife, mother, and other female relatives have? How can one now write a compelling narrative about persons ignored and demeaned by historians? What is the relative value of memorable vignettes about individuals, and more sober evaluation of institutions and history? We end with reaffirming the personal and societal benefits of reading, research, and reflection.
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