Helios

Helios is a magazine specializing in Humanities topics.

Articles from Vol. 33, No. 2, Fall

Fulvia, Mother of Iullus Antonius: New Approaches to the Sources on Julia's Adultery at Rome
In a 1983 essay, Amy Richlin sought to reconcile several wildly divergent accounts of Roman attitudes toward transgressive female sexual behavior. She observed that "each [account] obeyed the conventions of a [different literary] genre, [telling] the...
How Women (Re)act in Roman Love Poetry: Inhuman She-Wolves and Unhelpful Mothers in Propertius's Elegies
The Roman poet Propertius uses motherhood as one lens through which to explore the intersection of gender and ethical behavior in first-century B.C.E. Rome. Using familiar and traditional figures, such as the Greek mythological heroides Thetis, Niobe,...
Introduction: Cornelia and Her Maternal Legacy
At De lingua latina 10.41, Marcus Terentius Varro, one of our major authorities on how Romans spoke and thought during the late republican period, offers the following analogy: "Among offspring the son is to the father as the daughter is to the mother,...
Mothers in Statius's Poetry: Sorrows and Surrogates
Statius's poetry was written during the reign of Domitian (81-96 C.E.). Unlike Augustus, Domitian did not stand at the head of a thriving band of youthful dynastic contenders. His marriage to Domitilla, though long, produced no living children. The...
Procul Este Parentes: Mothers Is Ovid's Metamorphoses
Introduction Mothers are marginal or invisible in many genres of Greek and Roman literature. They are less visible than casual sex partners like the Thespian paramours of "fifty-in-one-night" Hercules (1) or battered, betrayed, and abandoned wives...
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