Insulting Cornelia, mother of the Gracchi

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Plutarch records calumny directed at Cornelia, mother of the Gracchi, though he offers no detail as to its content. This article speculates that Cicero's reference to rhetorical misgivings concerning her marriage offers a clue. References by Pliny and Solinus to the ominous nature of Cornelia's postnatal condition prompt the further speculation that enemies of the Gracchi were able to claim that both her marriage and the birth of her children had run counter to divine injunction.

LanguageEnglish
Pages61-79
Number of pages19
JournalAntichthon
Volume47
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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Marriage
Speculation
Rhetoric
Cicero
Injunction
Enemy
Plutarch
Misgivings
Prompts

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Insulting Cornelia, mother of the Gracchi. / Beness, J. Lea; Hillard, Tom.

In: Antichthon, Vol. 47, 2013, p. 61-79.

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