Skip to main content Accessibility help
×
Home
Hostname: page-component-59b7f5684b-gsnzm Total loading time: 0.49 Render date: 2022-10-04T14:40:57.630Z Has data issue: true Feature Flags: { "shouldUseShareProductTool": true, "shouldUseHypothesis": true, "isUnsiloEnabled": true, "useRatesEcommerce": false, "displayNetworkTab": true, "displayNetworkMapGraph": true, "useSa": true } hasContentIssue true

Chapter 6 - Cornelia

An Exemplary matrona among the Gracchi

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  21 March 2018

Matthew B. Roller
Affiliation:
The Johns Hopkins University
Get access

Summary

Chapter six examines Cornelia “the mother of the Gracchi,” a prominent matron of the second century BCE. Cornelia’s chief monument is her epithet mater Gracchorum, a phrase that pervasively shapes how she is deployed as an exemplum. The “mothering” so spotlighted is manifest in her exemplary pedagogy and rhetorical prowess, as she reared her sons Tiberius and Gaius Gracchus to be great men and orators, as well as in her fortitude when they died and in her conspicuous chastity. Another key monument, a bronze statue with inscribed base, stood in the Portico of Octavia from the early Augustan age. For Augustus deployed Cornelia (represented by her statue and inscription) as an exemplary precedent for his sister Octavia; and made them jointly into exemplary vehicles for the gendered values and behaviors he otherwise promoted. Cornelia also found resonance in Augustan and later consolatory contexts as an exemplary maternal mourner of dead children.
Type
Chapter
Information
Models from the Past in Roman Culture
A World of Exempla
, pp. 197 - 232
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2018

Access options

Get access to the full version of this content by using one of the access options below. (Log in options will check for institutional or personal access. Content may require purchase if you do not have access.)

Save book to Kindle

To save this book to your Kindle, first ensure coreplatform@cambridge.org is added to your Approved Personal Document E-mail List under your Personal Document Settings on the Manage Your Content and Devices page of your Amazon account. Then enter the ‘name’ part of your Kindle email address below. Find out more about saving to your Kindle.

Note you can select to save to either the @free.kindle.com or @kindle.com variations. ‘@free.kindle.com’ emails are free but can only be saved to your device when it is connected to wi-fi. ‘@kindle.com’ emails can be delivered even when you are not connected to wi-fi, but note that service fees apply.

Find out more about the Kindle Personal Document Service.

  • Cornelia
  • Matthew B. Roller, The Johns Hopkins University
  • Book: Models from the Past in Roman Culture
  • Online publication: 21 March 2018
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781316677353.008
Available formats
×

Save book to Dropbox

To save content items to your account, please confirm that you agree to abide by our usage policies. If this is the first time you use this feature, you will be asked to authorise Cambridge Core to connect with your account. Find out more about saving content to Dropbox.

  • Cornelia
  • Matthew B. Roller, The Johns Hopkins University
  • Book: Models from the Past in Roman Culture
  • Online publication: 21 March 2018
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781316677353.008
Available formats
×

Save book to Google Drive

To save content items to your account, please confirm that you agree to abide by our usage policies. If this is the first time you use this feature, you will be asked to authorise Cambridge Core to connect with your account. Find out more about saving content to Google Drive.

  • Cornelia
  • Matthew B. Roller, The Johns Hopkins University
  • Book: Models from the Past in Roman Culture
  • Online publication: 21 March 2018
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781316677353.008
Available formats
×