Item Details

Famous Women

Giovanni Boccaccio ; translated by Virginia Brown
Format
Book
Published
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2003.
Language
English and Latin
Uniform Title
De Mulieribus Claris English & Latin
Series
I Tatti Renaissance Library
ISBN
0674011309, 9780674011304
Summary
"The more than 100 women whose life stories make up this volume range from the exemplary to the notorious, from historical and mythological figures to Renaissance contemporaries of its author, the master storyteller Giovanni Boccaccio. The first collection of biographies in Western literature devoted exclusively to women, Famous Women affords a fascinating glimpse of a moment in history when medieval attitudes toward women were beginning to give way to more modern views of their potential. Virginia Brown's acclaimed translation, commissioned for The I Tatti Renaissance Library, is the first English edition based on the autograph manuscript of the Latin. Book jacket."--Jacket.
Contents
  • Eve, our first mother
  • Semiramis, queen of the Assyrians
  • Opis, wife of Saturn
  • Juno, goddess of kingdoms
  • Ceres, goddess of the harvest and queen of Sicily
  • Minerva
  • Venus, queen of Cyprus
  • Isis, queen and goddess of Egypt
  • Europa, queen of Crete
  • Libya, queen of Libya
  • Marpesia and Lampedo, queens of the Amazons
  • Thisbe, a Babylonian maiden
  • Hypermnestra, queen of the Argives and priestess of Juno
  • Niobe, queen of Thebes
  • Hypsipyle, queen of Lemnos
  • Media, queen of Colchis
  • Arachne of Colophon
  • Orithya and Antiope, queens of the Amazons
  • Erythraea or Herophile, a Sibyl
  • Medusa, daughter of Phorcus
  • Iole, daughter of the king of the Aetolians
  • Deianira, wife of Hercules
  • Jocasta, queen of Thebes
  • Almathea or Deiphebe, a Sibyl
  • Nicostrata or Carmenta, daughter of King Ionius
  • Pocris, wife of Cephalus
  • Argia, wife of Polynices and daughter of King Adrastus
  • Manto, daughter of Tiresias
  • The wives of the Minyans
  • Pentesilea, queen of the Amazons
  • Polyxena, daughter of King Priam
  • Hecuba, queen of the Trojans
  • Cassandra, daughter of King Priam of Troy
  • Clytemnestra, queen of Mycenae
  • Helen, wife of King Menelaus
  • Circe, daughter of the Sun
  • Camilla, queen of the Volscians
  • Penelope, wife of Ulysses
  • Lavinia, queen of Laurentum
  • Dido or Elissa, queen of Carthage
  • Nicaula, queen of Ethiopia
  • Pamphile, daughter of Platea
  • Rhea Ilia, a vestal virgin
  • Gaia Cyrilla, wife of King Tarquinius Priscus
  • Sappho, girl of Lesbos and Poetess
  • Lucretia, wife of Collatinus
  • Tamyris, queen of Scythia
  • Leaena, a prostitute.
  • Athaliah, queen of Jerusalem
  • Cloelia, a Roman maiden
  • Hippo, a Greek woman
  • Megullia Dotata
  • Veturia, a Roman matron
  • Tamaris, daughter of Micon
  • Artemisia, queen of Caria
  • Virginia, virgin and daughter of Virginius
  • Irene, daughter of Cratinus
  • Leontium
  • Olympias, queen of Macedonia
  • Claudia, a vestal virgin
  • Virgina, wife of Lucius Volumnius
  • Flora the prostitute, goddess of flowers and wife of Zephyrus
  • A young Roman woman
  • Marcia, daughter of Varro
  • Sulpicia, wife of Fulvius Flaccus
  • Harmonia, daughter of Gelon of Sicily
  • Busa of Canosa di Puglia
  • Sophonisba, queen of Numidia
  • Theoxena, daughter of Prince Herodicus
  • Berenice, queen of Cappadocia
  • The wife of Orgiago the Galatian
  • Tertia Aemilia, wife of the elder Africanus
  • Dritetrua, queen of Laodicea
  • Sempronia, a Roman woman
  • The wives of the Cimbrians
  • Julia, daughter of the Dictator Julius Caesar
  • Portia, daughter of Cato Uticensis
  • Curia, wife of Quintus Lucretius
  • Hortensia, daughter of Quintus Hortensius
  • Sulpicia, wife of Truscellio
  • Cornificia, a poetess
  • Mariamme, queen of Judaea
  • Cleopatra, queen of Eqypt
  • Antonia, daughter of Antony
  • Agrippina, wife of Germanicus
  • Paulina, a Roman woman
  • Agrippina, mother of the Emperor Nero
  • Epicharis, a freedwoman
  • Pompeia Paulina, wife of Seneca
  • Sabina Poppaea, wife of Nero
  • Triaria, wife of Lucius Vitellius
  • Proba, wife of Adelphus
  • Faustina Augusta
  • Symiamira, woman of Emesa
  • Zenobia, queen of Palmyra
  • Joan, an Englishwoman and Pope
  • Irene, empress of Constantinople
  • Gualdrada, a Florentine maiden
  • Constance, empress of Rome and queen of Sicily
  • Camiola, a Sienese wido
  • Joannna, queen of Jerusalem and Sicily.
Description
xxiii, 282 pages ; 20 cm.
Notes
  • Translation of: De mulieribus claris.
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 235-261) and index.
Series Statement
I Tatti Renaissance library ; 1
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