Link to Instruction materials link to Companion home page link to Worlds of Roman Women in texts & images


Recommended for those interested in preparing a Companion text:
Liz Gloyn's article "Ovid and his Ars: Preparing a Commentary for the Online Companion to the Worlds of Roman Women"
CAMWS, Teaching Classical Languages, Spring 2015

Worlds Texts
Go to Textmap for a complete listing of Latin passages on the site

Gaius Valerius Catullus, Funerary Inscriptions reporting Carmina 34
Submitted by Maria S. Marsilio, Saint Joseph's University, on behalf of her Latin 305 class
The Vestal Project: Literary and monumental texts, Sculpture, the Atrium Vestae, list of named Virgines Vestales with hyperlinked sources
Submitted by Ann R. Raia, The College of New Rochelle
Marcus Tullius Cicero, Philippica II: Fulvia
Submitted by Anne Leen, Furman University, and Ann R. Raia, The College of New Rochelle
M. Valerius Martial, Epigrammata I.42: Porcia Bruti
Submitted by Kirsty Corrigan, University of Kent (UK) 
Inscriptions for female Vernae: Homeborn slaves
Submitted by Judith Lynn Sebesta and Barbara F. McManus
Funerary Inscriptions for the familia Allidia
Submitted by Anne Leen, Furman University, dedicated to Barbara F. McManus
Marcus Cornelius Fronto, Epistulae ad Marcum Caesarem II.2, IV.6: Domitia Lucilla
Prepared by Bartolo Natoli, Randolph-Macon College, and Ann R. Raia
Funerary Inscription for Urbanilla
Submitted by Judith Lynn Sebesta and Ann R. Raia 
Cornelius Tacitus, Annales XV.51, 57: Epicharis
Submitted by Caitlin C. Gillespie, Columbia University
 Cornelius Tacitus, Annales II.34, IV.21, 22: Urgulania
Submitted by Caitlin C. Gillespie, Columbia University

Instruction Materials
Additional colleague contributions may be found at Activities and Syllabi & Lessons

Anne Leen, "Roman Funerary Inscriptions Project for a Classical Humanities Class.” These instructions are a version of the "Roman Funerary Instructions Project, adapted for use in a class in which there are few Latin learners. The class is divided into three working groups (philology, art & archaeology, history); they are asked to analyze from different perspectives the text and image of a Latin funerary monument for a Roman woman. This collaborative assignment resulted in the publication by their professor of the inscribed cinerary urns of the Familia Allidia.

Maria Marsilio, "Modified Roman Funerary Inscriptions Project.” These instructions, based on Anne Leen's, were used as an out of class project with St. Joseph University students who were interested in classics, some of whom had not studied Latin. The students were formed into working groups that contained at least one Latin student and asked to analyze the text and image of a Latin funerary monument for a Roman woman, incorporating the categories of language, material description, and social history in their analysis. One of the student projects was submitted for publication as a model project on the Inscription Project page.

Elizabeth McCall presented the Text-Commentary Project as a final assessment to her 4th year Honors Latin class at Merion Mercy Academy in Merion, Pa. Her nine students worked together on the assignment over the course of six weeks during the 2015 spring term, dividing the research among them and composing the commentary as a group; they edited and revised their individual contributions before compiling them and submitting the project for their teacher's evaluation. She edited their final product and submitted it as a Project Model for high school students.

Barbara F. McManus, The College of New Rochelle. Role-Playing Game in VRoma.
Students can imaginatively experience the lives of lower-class, working Romans, both female and male, by assuming the personalities of real people in the city of Rome, people known to us now only though inscriptions but once living, breathing Romans.

Ann R. Raia, The College of New Rochelle. Teaching Unit: The "Transgressive" Roman Woman.”
This unit plan introduces students to traditional expectations of Roman women and feminist strategies for interrogating ancient texts (read in Latin or in translation) that negatively portray upper-class women who ignore or challenge cultural boundaries established for their sex. Projects with reading selections and discussion questions are offered for four women who appear in Companion: Fulvia, Clodia Metelli, Lesbia, Julia Augusti; another nine women are listed whose portrayals by ancient authors can be compared to the construct of the ideal Roman matrona such as Lucretia, Cornelia, and Octavia.

María Concepción Palomo Ramos, Librarian and Researcher, Centro de Estudios de la Mujer, Universidad de Salamanca (España). Bibliography in Spanish.
A compilation of books and articles in Spanish on ancient women.

Janet Stephens, Independent Scholar and Hair Archaeologist. Ancient Hairstyle Recreation.
This webpage, linked to the Worlds of Body and State, illustrates, through ancient artifacts and modern recreation, some of the hairstyles made popular by Roman empresses. The author offers links to videos that demonstrate the tools and process of creating the hairstyles worn by Agrippina Minor and Julia Domna, as well as a link to her online videos on forensic hairstyling.

Conference Papers

The Classical Association (of Great Britain)
The Online Companion to the Worlds of Roman Women:
A Resource for Teaching and Learning
; Handout
Ann Raia, The College of New Rochelle
Council of University Classical Departments Pedagogy Panel 2: “Education Teaching and Technology: Online Communication, Public Engagement and Teaching”
Saturday, April 29, 2017,11:30-1 pm
Meeting sponsored by the University of Kent and the Open University in Canterbury, England

Classical Association of the Middle West and South
Students Teaching Students:
Implementing Goals for Undergraduate Research, Active Learning, and Collaboration

Maria S. Marsilio, Saint Joseph's University, and Ann Raia, The College of New Rochelle
Presentation; Companion Flyer; Text-Commentary Project Instructions
113th Annual Meeting, Kitchener, Ontario, Thursday, April 6, 2017, Section A: Pedagogy, 1:40-3:15 pm

Classical Association of the Middle West and South -- Southern Section Meeting
Teaching Transgressive Women: The Persona of Fulvia in Cicero's Philippics
Ann Raia, The College of New Rochelle, "The Historical Fulvia"
Anne Leen, Furman University, "Applying the Theory of Intersectionality to Cicero's Fulvia"
Handouts: Flyer, Teaching Unit: The Transgressive Roman Woman
Atlanta/Emory University, Session 3B: Thursday, October 27, 2016, 1-3 PM

Archived Conference Papers

American Classical League Institute
Session 12 C: "The Vestals: Online Visual and Textual Resources for the Latin Classroom"
Ann R. Raia, The College of New Rochelle
Handouts: Flyer, Chronological List of Named Vestals, Atrium Vestae with Portrait Statues of Virgines Vestales Maximae, Bibliography
Williamsburg, Saturday, June 28, 2014, 3:00-3:30 PM

The American Philological Association Annual Meeting
Session #47: "Women of the Roman Empire"
Organized by the American Classical League, Mary English, Organizer
Saturday, January 4, 2014, 11:15 AM-1:15 PM.
"Public Roles of Provincial Women: Flaminicae of the Imperial Cult"
Judith Lynn Sebesta, University of South Dakota

The Classical Association of the Atlantic States
Panel Two: Friday, October 11, 2013, 11:00-1:00 AM
*Using Inscriptions to Teach and Learn about Roman Women -- Inter Alia*
Presider and Panel Organizer: Ann R. Raia (introduction)
"A Case Study in Inscriptional Evidence: Sacerdotes extra Romam" (handout, Companion flyer)
        Ann R. Raia (The College of New Rochelle, CAAS Past President)
"The Word as Material Reality: Interpreting Inscriptions as Visual Objects" (abstract)
        Barbara F. McManus (The College of New Rochelle, CAAS Past President)
"Asta ac Perlege: Teaching Latin with Roman Inscriptions" (handout, Project instructions)
        Anne Leen (Furman University)
"Asta ac Perscribe: Exploring the Roman Funerary Inscriptions Project" (workshop handout)
        Anne Leen, Barbara F. McManus, Ann R. Raia

*An earlier version of this panel was delivered at the 2012 meeting of the Southern Section of the
Classical Association of the Middle West and South, on Friday, November 2, 8:00-10:00 AM

Colloquium: Integrating Gendered Perspectives and the Study of Ancient Roman Women into the Latin Classroom and Curriculum
Latin 640: Pedagogy Seminar, Professor Judith Hallett
University of Maryland, College Park, Md.
Saturday, April 14, 2012
Integrating Roman Women into the Latin Curriculum Using The Worlds of Roman Women & its Companion Website
Judith L. Sebesta, University of South Dakota, & Ann R. Raia, The College of New Rochelle
Reading Assignment
Introduction to the print anthology and the website
Liberating the Materfamilias from her Stereotype, Judith L. Sebesta
Being Female in Ancient Rome: Gender and Class Matters, Ann R. Raia

The Classical Association of the Atlantic States
Baltimore Marriott, Hunt Valley in Hunt Valley, MD.
October 13-15, 2011
Paper Session F: Friday, October 14, 2011, 2:30-4:30 p.m.
RE-Presenting Roman Marriage (handout), Ann R. Raia

The American Classical League 2011 Institute
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Panel, Session 11A: Sunday, June 26, 3-4:30 p.m.
Presider & Coordinator: Ann R. Raia
Panel Handout; Panel Introduction; Panel Portrait
Matrimonium: From Puella to Materfamilias, (handout) Ann R. Raia, The College of New Rochelle
Class Unit and Project on Roman Marriage, Sarah Hull, Huntington Union Free School District
Representations of Elite Roman Marriage, Rachel Meyers, Iowa State University
Ausonius on Love and Marriage: Keely Lake, Wayland Academy
Monumental Evidence for Non-Elite Roman Marriage, Judith L. Sebesta, University of South Dakota

The American Classical League 2010 Institute
Wake-Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Panel 3C: Saturday, June 26, 6:30-8 p.m.
Latin Funerary Inscriptions: Texts for Retrieving Women's Lives
Panel Handout
Coordinator: Ann R. Raia
Illustrating the Case for Funerary Monuments, (handout) Ann R. Raia, The College of New Rochelle
Dulcissimae Puellae, (handout) Judith L. Sebesta, University of South Dakota
Teaching Latin From Inscriptions: The Roman Funerary Inscription Project in the College Classroom
Anne Leen, Furman University
Learning Latin from Inscriptions: The Funerary Monuments of Vivenia Helias and Helius Afinianus
Alexander Rice '13, Furman University
Response: Keely Lake, Wayland Academy
Panel Portrait

The Classical Association of the Atlantic States & Classical Association of New Jersey
Westin Hotel, Princeton, New Jersey
Panel E: Saturday, October 11, 2008, 8:30-10:30 a.m.
Digital Texts, Online Collaboration and the Latin Classroom: Companion to the Worlds of Roman Women
Presider and Moderator (Panel Handout): Ann R. Raia (The College of New Rochelle, CAAS President)
Sacris Rite Paratis: Women's Responsibilities in Household Rituals
       Judith L. Sebesta (University of South Dakota)
An Illuminated Text-Commentary to Stories from Ovid's Metamorphoses
       Donald Connor (Trinity School)
Contributing to Companion: The Wedding of Scholarship and Pedagogy
       Maria S. Marsilio (Saint Joseph's University)
Assessing Companion: From Undergraduate to High School Teacher
       Elizabeth McCauley (Saint Joseph's University; Merion Mercy Academy)

Ann R. Raia and Judith Lynn Sebesta
Updated September 2017