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LEENA

Summer is almost over… but our weekly appointment with Boccaccio’s De Mulieribus Claris is not! Today’s Mulier Clara is Leaena, a Greek courtesan who got tangled up in a political assassination. One version of the story states that Leaena (in […]

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TOMIRI

Did you miss us? We surely did! The first article after our short summer break is, you guessed it, dedicated to our Women’s Wednesday: our guest this time is Tomyris, queen of the Massagetae, an Iranian people living the steppe east of the […]

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LUCREZIA

As always, a new Wednesday means a new story from famous women in history as narrated by Boccaccio! This time, our weekly Women’s Wednesday features Lucretia and the tragic events that led to the birth of the Roman Republic. Lucretia was […]

SAFFO

SAFFO

Our weekly installment on Boccaccio’s De Mulieribus Claris continues with Sappho, one of the greatest female poets of all time. Said to have been born around 630 BC, Sappho came from the city of Eresos on the island of Lesbos, […]

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TANAQUIL

Back to our Women’s Wednesday! Our guest this time is Tanaquil, Roman queen of Etruscan descent. Married to Lucumo (whose name meant “king” in Etruscan), Tanaquil believed her husband would make a good leader; for this reason, she convinced him to move their […]

Rea Silvia

REA SILVIA

This week’s Women’s Wednesday stars Rhea Silvia, the woman who gave birth to arguably the most famous siblings in Roman history: Romulus and Remus. Also known as Ilia, our Mulier Clara lived in fame long before giving birth to the twins. […]

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PANFILA

Not a queen, nor a goddess, nor a mythical or mystical figure: our Women’s Wednesday this time is dedicated to a completely normal Greek woman, Pamphila! Living on the island of Kos, Pamphila was the first woman to ever spin silk on a […]

Nicaula

NICAULA

  This week’s Women’s Wednesday is dedicated to Nicaula, better known as the Queen of Sheba – the ancient kingdom located in modern-day Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Yemen. Found in several writings under different appellatives, including Maqueda and Bilquis, the name Nicaula was […]

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