Social and Gender Norms in Roman Tripolitania: Theoretical Perspective on Apuleius’ Apologia
The Apologia of Apuleius provides a window into many aspects of social and intellectual life in the provinces under the High Roman Empire. Drawing upon post-colonial and gender theory, I shall consider two of the accusations leveled against Apuleius by the curial elite of Tripolitanian Oea: namely, his physical attractiveness and his eloquence. More generally, I shall attempt to assess the underlying social and psychological factors that made an accusation of criminal magic especially plausible in the case of Apuleius.
Keywords: Gender Theory, Post-colonial Theory, Roman Social History
Independent Scholar, Tulane University