A Roman Soap Opera: Justus Wife and Love Sickness

Danielle Gourevitch

Abstract


This paper presents a fiction rather than a story. Galen is called to visit Justus wife, ill with a mysterious disease. The narrative of love sickness that afflicts her allows the author to draw an interesting picture of the social status of Roman women, the issues of reproduction and maritalbe trayal, and to shed light on magic practices for obtaining or preventing love affairs.


Key words: Rome - Love Sickness - Galen - Justus Wife†


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