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Educatio et alimenta puellis: Munificence or political tricks of emperors?

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Title: Educatio et alimenta puellis: Munificence or political tricks of emperors?
Author: Derbew, Sarah
Advisor: Germany, Robert
Department: Haverford College. Dept. of Classics
Type: Thesis (B.A.)
Issue Date: 2009
Abstract: I aim to explore Trajan's motive for providing grand munificence to poor girls by examining depictions of poor girls on coins and his arch in Beneventum. I also explore the use of education as part of this political agenda of emperors to create this debt. Through my examinations, I suggest that Trajan used his munificence to create an obligatory debt to reduce the possibility of poor girls gaining freedom and autonomy. Emperors depended on these poor girls because when they became older, they had the ability to populate the Empire with their children. Their children then could become laborers and soldiers, or future vessels of more children for the Roman Empire.
Subject: Emperors -- Rome
Subject: Poor girls -- Rome
Subject: Exploitation -- Rome
Subject: Trajan, Emperor of Rome, 53-117
Subject: Political crimes and offenses -- Rome
Terms of Use: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/us/
Permanent URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10066/3591

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Derbew, Sarah. "Educatio et alimenta puellis: Munificence or political tricks of emperors?". 2009. Available electronically from http://hdl.handle.net/10066/3591.

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