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The connection between people in early America and classicism is a field of study that has been heavily documented, although it has remained a very male-focused field with little research done about how women in early America formed a relationship with antiquity. This thesis reveals that elite white women had a deep emotional and intellectual attachment with mothers and matrons from ancient Greece and Rome as a basis for expressing political thoughts and identity; classicism formed a common language that many women could relate to each other before, during, and after the American Revolution. This assessment is achieved through a case study involving prolific writer Mercy Otis Warren’s pseudonym Marcia and poetic reference to Cornelia.
Ellis, Brittany, "Mercy Otis Warren’s Marcia(s) And Cornelia(s): A Case Study in Women’s Internalization of Classicism in Early America" (2022). Honors Theses. 2569.
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