Dr. Anise Strong, assistant professor of History, recently published her first book, Prostitutes and Matrons in the Roman World, from Cambridge
University Press. As described on the book cover: “Prostitutes and Matrons in the Roman World is the first substantial account of elite Roman concubines and courtesans. Exploring the blurred line between proper matron and wicked prostitute, it illuminates the lives of sexually promiscuous women like Messalina and Clodia, as well as prostitutes with hearts of gold who saved Rome and their lovers in times of crisis. It also offers insight into the multiple functions of erotic imagery and the circumstances in which prostitutes could play prominent roles in Roman Public and religious life. Tracing the evolution of social stereotypes and concepts of virtue and vice in ancient Rome, this volume reveals the range of life choices and sexual activity, beyond the traditional binary depiction of wives or prostitutes, that were available to Roman women. “
Congratulations to Dr. Strong on this significant milestone in her career.
Anise was interviewed on WMUK.