Category: Women’s Wednesday

4 March 2020   |    Women's Wednesday

Fancy a cup? You are in good luck! The guest of our weekly Women's Wednesday is Theoxena: a loving mother, aunt, and fan of a good cup of... poison. Theoxena was the daughter of a…

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26 February 2020   |    Women's Wednesday

Another Wednesday, another story! This week we are asking you a difficult question: what would you be willing to do in order to maintain your freedom? In his De Mulieribus Claris, Boccaccio often praises the…

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Busa of Canosa
19 February 2020   |    Women's Wednesday

As we approach the last third of the De Mulieribus Claris, Boccaccio decides to report to us a prime example of solidarity that, unbeknownst even to him, would eventually forerun the institution of the Red…

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12 February 2020   |    Women's Wednesday

Here we are again for our weekly appointment with illustrious women! This week our protagonist is the Sicilian Harmonia, praised by Boccaccio for her strength of mind and her compassion. Daughter of Gelone, who was…

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5 February 2020   |    Women's Wednesday

Over the course of our Women's Wednesday column, we have previously mentioned the importance of chastity for Roman matrons, even within married couples. On this note, our protagonist today was considered to be the chastest of all Roman women:…

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29 January 2020   |    Women's Wednesday

Welcome back to our weekly column! On the occasion of our Women's Wednesday, we will tell you the story of Varro's daughter, Marcia, a talented Roman artist. Marcia was known and glorified for her unequaled ability to…

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Roman girl
22 January 2020   |    Women's Wednesday

As you well know, here at Folia we are deeply in love with History. With the passing of the centuries, however, it is inevitable for even major details to go lost and be left to historians' interpretation or plain…

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15 January 2020   |    Women's Wednesday

We may be in the middle of winter, sure, but our weekly Women's Wednesday does not wait: our guest this time is Flora, goddess of spring and flowers. Or... was she? Boccaccio, in fact, portrays…

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