This volume offers a bold and creative approach to recovering the experiences of women in the Roman world. The collection includes thirteen papers that were originally presented at the Third Annual Symposium Campanum at the Villa Vergiliana in October 2018. The authors demolish long-standing assumptions about the limitations of the material record, casting women as active participants in their communities.

Following a brief introduction by the editors, Lauren Hackworth Petersen (chapter 1) argues that modern scholars have contributed to “silencing” Roman women by privileging certain kinds of sources and adopting the perspective of upper-class men. She calls on scholars to reevaluate what counts as a reliable source and shift their attention from elite men to the position and movements of women and other marginalized people. The remaining chapters take up this challenge.

Molly Swetnam-Burland (chapter 2) shows that women of all socioeconomic statuses engaged in financial transactions of various kinds—counting...

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