Scholarly Reception of Sulpicia: A Victim of Early Sexist Scholarship

Aaron Pearce

Abstract


The poetry of Sulpicia, the lone extant female author amongst the Latin love elegists, has been unjustly criticized and viewed as frivoulous amongst scholars. However, Sulpicia's work demonstates a level of skill and technique which is comparable to her male counterparts. Despite this the sexism which characterised the work of early scholars has stained Sulpicia's poetry resulted in it being viewed as inferior.

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