Forgan Smith (building 1), The University of Queensland, St Lucia
Venue: Forgan Smith (building 1), The University of Queensland, St Lucia.

The Use and Abuse of the Ornamenta Augustarum

Items of clothing that bore an association with an illustrious person were accorded significance in Roman literature, especially as a device by which people who later laid claim to these objects could be characterised. In several cases the secondary owner was perceived as unworthy to assume the mantle of their predecessor due to their deeds and character. This concept recurs several times in relation to clothing and jewellery that was associated with women of the imperial family. This talk will examine how the assumption that there were people who were not considered suitable wearers of these ornaments served to distinguish the women of the imperial family from other women in Roman society.

Non-members are welcome. A donation of $10 per person includes entry in the lucky door prize and afternoon tea. Afternoon tea will be held in E318, Forgan Smith Building.