Document Type

Honors Project


This project looks at the lives of three women from antiquity, Livia, Tanaquil, and Alexandra, and determines what can and cannot be known about them. Livia, Tanaquil, and Alexandra were all powerful women during their time, but today, the stories of their lives are confusing and contradictory. Through the medium of fiction, this project brings Livia, Tanaquil, and Alexandra to life as characters in a story in order to highlight the problems that arise when studying these women. There are three essays that accompany the story, one for each of the women, which discuss the difficulties in interpreting the available historical evidence. Ultimately, this project serves as a reminder that Livia, Tanaquil, and Alexandra were real people, and the impact they had on the world deserves to be remembered.



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