Notable Woman of the Roman Republic: Fulvia Flacca Bambula

  In the days of the late Roman republic, it wasn’t wise for a woman to involve herself in politics. (It probably wasn’t wise for a man to involve himself in politics either, but that’s another matter.) Fulvia Flacca Bambula was married to three politically prominent Romans at successive times and she was wielded more [...]

Notable Women of the Roman Republic: Sempronia the Sister of the Gracchi

The Gracchi

In our last blog in our series Notable Women of the Roman Republic we wrote about Cornelia, the mother of the Gracchi. Cornelia was the daughter of the great Publius Cornelius Scipio Africanus who conquered Carthage at the end of the second Punic war. She was married to Tiberius Sempronius Gracchus and had twelve children [...]

Notable Women of the Roman Republic: Cornelia the Mother of the Gracchi

Cornelis Africana Refusing the Hand of King Ptolemy of Egypt

In my last blog about notable women of the Roman Republic, I wrote about Aemilia Paulla, the daughter of Aemilius Paullus the Roman consul slain at Cannae, and wife of Publius Cornelius Scipio Africanus, the conqueror of Carthage in the second Punic war.   In this blog I will write about her younger daughter, Cornelia [...]

Book Review: The Jewel of Medina

Sherry Jones’ novel The Jewel of Medina tells the story of the prophet Mohammad and his child bride A’isha. A’isha was the daughter of Abu Bakr, an early follower of the prophet. He offered the forty-nine year old widower Mohammad his six year old daughter to strengthen their bond of friendship and devotion. The wedding ceremony [...]

Notable Women of The Roman Republic-Aemilia Paulla

                        Notable Women of the Roman Republic: Aemilia Paulla   Lucius Aemilius Paullus was one of the two Roman Consuls in 216 B.C. when the disastrous battle of Cannae took place. Killed in the battle, he left a widow and at least two young children. His son, Lucius Aemilius Paullus was born around 228 B.C., [...]