Review: Fiona Cox, Sibylline Sisters, Modern Language Review 107.4 (2012)

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The unifying aspect of this study is not just the global appeal of Virgil to women writers, or that he is used in various ways to highlight seclusion and repression of women. As set out in her introduction, the writers discussed represent the culmination and cumulating of a generation of women who studied Latin at school or university, ‘all the more remarkable if we consider how the study of the Classics for so long symbolized women’s exclusion from the education and careers available to men’ (p. 2). While this generational dimension is clearly effective, it does raise the issue that as Classics drops from school and university syllabi, the lasting impact of this study may sadly diminish.

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