Corps de femmes, corps de la Ville. Pour une analyse spatiale de l’Historia Naturalis de Pline l’Ancien

Abstract : The Natural History of Pliny the Elder is an attempt to put in a nutshell all of what was known of the world in the first century. Concerning the history of women and bodies, only his pharmacology and the aspect of the « uterus-women » have been studied. The analysis of how women’s bodies interact, both favourably and unfavourably, within the city itself, reveals many cultural, sociological and economical elements, ranging from the scale of the house to the scale the world. The feminine body may be a threat to the City (menstruation, exceptional pregnancies), despite the nuances coming with women aging. Pliny, moralist for whom the Urbs represents the center of the universe, blames female’s impudicitia and luxuria that came from outside Rome, for having corrupted Rome. Finally, it is possible to discuss genders, bodies and spaces dichotomy, often implied by Pliny.
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Kevin Blary. Corps de femmes, corps de la Ville. Pour une analyse spatiale de l’Historia Naturalis de Pline l’Ancien. Encyclo. Revue de l'école doctorale ED 382, Université Sorbonne Paris Cité, 2017. ⟨hal-01728733⟩

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