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A woman from Roman Egypt, holding a notebook and a pen

A woman from Roman Egypt, holding a notebook and a pen

Sulpicia is one of very few Roman women whose poetry managed to last through the ages so we can read it. She lived in Rome in the time of the Roman emperor Augustus, around the same time as Ovid, maybe around 20 BC or so. Sulpicia wrote poetry addressed to a boyfriend, probably an imaginary boyfriend, just like Ovid wrote to an imaginary girlfriend about the same time.

 

Learn by doing: write a love poem of your own
More women poets:
Sappho

And in India – Lalla Arifa
And in Japan
Or Phyllis Wheatley in America
More Roman poets: Ovid
More about Roman women

Bibliography and further reading about Sulpicia:

Virgil
Ovid
Roman literature
Ancient Rome
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