oa Scholia : Studies in Classical Antiquity - Rape and consequences in the Latin declamations

Volume 8, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1018-9017



A comprehensive overview of episodes of rape reported in the Latin declamations, and issues debated in connection with these episodes, suggests that the death-or-marriage outcome called for by the law of rape recorded in the declamations corresponded to alternative motivations ascribed to the rapist. The many and painful issues debated indicate that neither outcome is without risk to either victim or rapist, and are perhaps to be understood as an indication that declamation was meant to be educational to young men in ways that went beyond the development of public speaking.

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