My name is Furia Maxima. At least that’s my name in the SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism). My persona, the person I portray, is that of a meretrix in the early part of the 1st century CE in Rome.
Here you’ll find my research, class handouts, and other interesting tidbits.
I study various time periods and have a particular interest in jewelry, ancient cultures, mythologies, and historical sex work. My educational and research background includes a B.A. in Psychology with a focus on social psychology and neuropsychology.
I’m not an expert and I’ll never claim to be. I’m really just a research nerd. And I believe strongly in sharing one’s research with the community. Nothing is achieved on its own and nothing is gained by withholding knowledge.
I am a member of the Society of Creative Anachronism (SCA). If you are wondering what the SCA is, well, it’s an inclusive nonprofit educational living history group that studies Pre-17th century cultures. For more information about the SCA click this link: What Is The SCA?
I’m also a part of the Knowne World Courtesans. A group in the SCA dedicated to educating others about, and studying, historical sex work. In the SCA my persona is that of a Roman meretrix in the early part of the 1st century CE in Rome. A meretrix is one of the many terms for a Roman sex worker.
To be very clear, I do not, nor any members of the Knowne World Courtesans, have sex in exchange for money or favors. That would also violate the law of which we are held accountable to. The SCA is a reenactment group and as we don’t shed blood with a rapier or stab with a sword, sex worker personas are just that, a persona A part, for the lack of a better word that is played, or better yet portrayed, even though it is based on education and historical evidence. Do not approach or engage someone with a sex worker persona, including myself, with ideas, intentions, rhetoric, or actions that imply that we would engage in such activities.
– This Concludes My Ted Talk
Please feel free to reach out to me with questions, suggestions, or information. And you can read about what I’m up to here.
In Service to the Dream,
Domina Furia Maxima (she/her)