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Fulvia, Pomponia – strong Roman women

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The image of Fulvia Antonia on a coin
The image of Fulvia Antonia on the coin | Photo: Classical Numismatic Group, Inc.

The wife of Mark Antony, Fulvia, completely ignored the spinning traditions and housekeeping of a Roman woman. In addition, according to Roman descriptions, she was a strong and independent woman.

Supposedly, after the murder of Cicero, she had her hairpins stuck in his tongue. She hated him for his hostility towards Antony and her first husband Clodius.

In turn, Pomponia, the wife of Cicero’s brother, who died in the proscriptions commissioned by Antony, was also a strict woman. According to Plutarch, when Antony sent her a freedman who betrayed Cicero, she forced him to cut off pieces of his body, then boil them and eat them.

  • Plutarch, Cicero, 4

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