Romulus Asylum: Roman Identities from the Age of Alexander to the Age of Hadrian

Hardcover | April 7, 2006

byEmma Dench

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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 theseand 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 interconnectedcategories 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 theyappropriated and transformed.

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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 theseand beyond more traditional, juridical approac...

Emma Dench is Professor of Ancient History, Birkbeck College, University of London.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:456 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.13 inPublished:April 7, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Roman Ethnographies2. Romulus' Asylum: The Character of the Roman Citizenship3. The Idea of Italy4. Flesh and Blood5. Languages and LiteraturesEpilogue: Closure?