Seminar – Darrel Janzen on ‘Solitude, Slavery, and Social Privilege at the Elite Roman Villa’

In the second paper in our 2020/21 seminar series, Darrel Janzen from the University of British Columbia explores the intersection of gender and class in the voluntary solitudes of elite Roman men.

This paper explores the ideological assumptions that often underlie imperial Roman literary representations of elite men’s voluntary solitude, examining the accounts of the villa-bound solitude of Pollius Felix (Stat. Silv. 2.2) and Pliny the Younger (Ep. 2.17). The paper argues that the voluntary solitude of elite Roman men in these literary portraits is based on profound privilege that is derived from their gender, and social and economic statuses.

This seminar will take place online.

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