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Romulus' asylum: Roman identities from the age of Alexander to the age of Hadrian

Dench, Emma (2005) Romulus' asylum: Roman identities from the age of Alexander to the age of Hadrian. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780198150510.

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Abstract

Modern treatments of Rome have projected in highly emotive terms the perceived problems, or the aspirations, of the present: 'race-mixture' has been blamed for the collapse of the Roman empire; more recently, Rome and Roman society have been depicted as 'multicultural'. Moving beyond these and beyond more traditional, juridical approaches to Roman identity, Emma Dench focuses on ancient modes of thinking about selves and relationships with other peoples, including descent-myths, history, and ethnographies. She explores the relative importance of sometimes closely interconnected categories of blood descent, language, culture and clothes, and territoriality. Rome's creation of a distinctive imperial shape is understood in the context of the broader ancient Mediterranean world within which the Romans self-consciously situated themselves, and whose modes of thought they appropriated and transformed. Contents Introduction 1. Roman Ethnographies 2. Romulus' Asylum: The Character of the Roman Citizenship 3. The Idea of Italy 4. Flesh and Blood 5. Languages and Literatures Epilogue: Closure?

Item Type: Book
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > History, Classics and Archaeology
Depositing User: Sandra Plummer
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2008 11:43
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:16
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/632

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