New resource: A tale of two wives (and four husbands?): the story of two exceptional women from Imperial Rome

From a recent blog post on the MAPPOLA webpage: There is a new short documentary film which tells the stories of two exceptional women from Imperial Rome as told by two verse inscriptions (in Latin and Greek) preserved at the Museo Nazionale Romano (Rome).

These women, Allia Potestas and Flavia Sophe, though in very different ways, seemingly embraced unconventional marriages and had unconventional relationships, the details of which remain mysterious for us.

The film has been written by Dr Davide Massimo (Classics and Archaeology – University of Nottingham), Dr Chiara Cenati and Mirko Tasso (Ancient History – University of Vienna), who feature in the film. It was directed by Federico Zanotti with the assistance of Daniele Comelli.

The film was funded by the Faculty of Historical and Cultural Studies of the University of Vienna and supported by the Italian Ministry of Culture – Museo Nazionale Romano, the University of Nottingham, and the British School at Rome.

It was officially released on the Youtube channel of the University of Nottingham in December 2023.

We really hope that you will enjoy this short film  and that you will share your opinion with us by leaving a comment on Youtube.

If you are a teacher or if you work in a museum, we would also be particularly grateful if you could share with us your experience with your pupils or museum visitors by sending us an email ( or

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