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Turia, Lepidus, and Rome's epigraphic environment



This paper discusses the episode in the laudatio 'Turiae' of an elite Roman woman's interaction with the triumuir M. Aemilius Lepidus (LT 2.13-17). Scholarship of the last century has discussed this element of the LT from a variety of standpoints. None of these treatments has approached the description of the experiences and actions of the laudata from the perspective of the ancient consumer of information and meaning within the complete epigraphic environment of the inscription. I will look at the ways in which a contemporary audience perceived and understood the details of this episode in the life-history of the laudata in relation to the wider sensorium of visual, auditory, and kinaesthetic cues comprising the funerary monumentum.

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