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Lynda Telford

Lynda Telford writes historical articles and is Events and Projects Officer for the Yorkshire Branch of the Richard III society. As a member of the Roman Society her first book concerns the Dictator Lucius Cornelius Sulla, who was blamed for many of the ills of the late Roman Republic. Other interests include medieval monasticism, particularly the Cistercian order in Yorkshire, and early Tudor history. She is a keen amateur archaeologist, leads guided tours to historical sites and she is the author of five books, including 'Women of Medieval England' ,  'Women of the Vatican' and her latest Women of Ancient Rome for Amberley. She lives in Richmond, North Yorkshire.

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Roman Street Scene by Ettore Forti (late 19th century) (Public Domain)

Matrons, Plebeians And Prostitutes, The Women Of Ancient Rome

Rome was the very essence of a male dominated society, being militaristic, proud, go-getting and determined on expansion. The man of the house, the Paterfamilias, was the head of the family with...