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Women of Ancient Rome - late Republic and early Empire

Can you answer these questions about some female figures from Ancient Rome?
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1. What goddess was celebrated in female-only worship, famously disturbed in 62 BCE by a male interloper?
Juno
Vesta
Bona Dea
Anna Perenna
2. What was the name of the wife Caesar divorced on the idea that "Caesar's wife must be above suspicion"?
Calpurnia
Servilia
Cornelia
Pompeia
3. Vestal Virgin acquitted of breaking her oath of chastity. Plutach reports that Crassus' attentions to her were those of wanting to buy her villa. She shares a name with another executed for the same charge in 113 BCE.
Aemilia
Sabina
Marcia
Licinia
4. Who is often identified as the "Lesbia" of Catullus' poetry? Cicero insulted her in his defence of Caelius.
Marcella
Clodia
Julia
Octavia
5. Before the civil war, Pompey was married to a relative of Caesar's, Julia. What was her relationship to Caesar?
Daughter
Niece
Sister
Aunt
6. Who sent the love letter Caesar was forced to read out in the Senate, having been accused of corresponding with Catiline conspirators?
Eunoë, Queen of Mauretania
Calpurnia
Cleopatra VII
Servilia
7. What was the name of Caesar's last wife, who asked him not to go to the Senate on the day of his death?
Cornelia
Calpurnia
Cossutia
Pompeia
8. Who, according to Cassius Dio, pierced Cicero's tongue in revenge after his death?
Clodia
Fulvia
Octavia the Younger
Servilia
9. Who gave a speech to the Second Triumvirate that resulted in a partial repeal of a decision to tax wealthy women?
Clodia
Fulvia
Hortensia
Octavia the Younger
10. What was a legal classification of marriage that had largely ceased to exist by the late Republic?
cum manu
sine manu
contubernium
concubinatus
11. Who was the long-time wife of Augustus, depicted in 'I, Claudius' as a poisoning villain?
Claudia
Scribonia
Livia Drusilla
Julia the Elder
12. Who was the first non-mythological woman to appear on a Roman coin?
Livia Drusilla
Agrippina the Younger
Fulvia
Octavia the Younger
13. Augustan legislation gave greater rights to women who had given birth to how many children?
One
Two
Three
Four
14. Who was Augustus' daughter, whom he exiled to the island of Pandateria on charges of adultery and treason?
Octavia the Elder
Julia the Elder
Octavia the Younger
Julia the Younger
15. 'Laudatio Turiae' is the longest surviving funeral inscription, left by a widower to commemorate his wife. What is NOT said about the dead woman?
She helped him during his exile by sending him jewellery and money.
She made sure her parents' deaths did not remain unavenged.
She gave him four beloved children.
She offered to divorce him so that he could try to have children with another woman.
16. To whom, according to Suetonius, did Tiberius say, "do you think yourself injured, because you do not rule?"
Agrippina the Elder
Julia the Elder
Livilla
Agrippina the Younger
17. Who was the third wife of Claudius, portrayed as sexually promiscuous and executed on his orders? She brought about the deaths of two of his nieces.
Agrippina the Younger
Lollia Paulina
Aelia Paetina
Valeria Messalina
18. Who was the mother of Nero who, according to Cassius Dio, told assassins sent by her son to strike at her womb?
Claudia Antonia
Poppaea Sabina
Agrippina the Younger
Claudia Octavia
19. What name was shared by two poets, one in 1st century BCE and one in CE, whose work still survives? The latter is mentioned by Martial.
Domitia
Sulpicia
Metella
Licinia
20. Who converted portions of her house in Pompeii for apartments for rent and for public use after an earthquake in 62 CE? Remains can still be visited.
Junia Lepida
Vettia Conviva
Julia Felix
Junia Calvina
21. Who, according to Tacitus, publicly mourned Julia Livia for forty years, though she was dead by Claudius' order, and may have been an early Christian, appearing as such in 'Quo Vadis'?
Pomponia Graecina
Gaia Pomponia
Candida the Elder
Aula Plautia
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