Date of Award

Spring 2017

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Classical Studies, Urban Studies

First Advisor

Gary Reger

Second Advisor

Garth Myers


Public spaces and buildings in Roman Cities served many functions including, but not limited to, religious gatherings, economic activity, political propaganda, and entertainment. Such vital infrastructure could not exist without the financial generosity of wealthy elites. Though most of these elite were men, some women used their wealth and status, both derived from their families, to shape public space. This study looks at female patronage of public space among women of imperial, senatorial, and equestrian standing, as well as women in both the Greek East and Latin West. It also aims to discern the level of political influence these benefactresses gained as a result of their donations.


Senior thesis completed at Trinity College, Hartford Connecticut for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Classical Studies and Urban Studies.