From Barbarians to New Men: Greek, Roman, and Modern Perceptions of Peoples from the Central Apennines - Oxford Classical Monographs (Hardback)Emma Dench (author)
Hardback 268 Pages / Published: 02/11/1995
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The Central Apennine peoples, represented alternately as decadent and dangerous snake-charming barbarians or as personifications of manly wisdom and virtue, as austere and worthy "new men", were important figures in Greek and Roman ideology. Concentrating on the period between the later fourth century BC and the aftermath of the Social War, this book considers the ways in which Greek and Roman perceptions of these peoples developed, reflecting both the shifting needs of Greek and Roman societies and the character of interaction between the various cultures of ancient Italy. Most importantly, it illuminates the development of a specifically Roman identity, through the creation of an ideology of incorporation. The book is also about the interface between these attitudes and the dynamics of the perception of local communities in Italy of themselves, illuminated by both literary and archaeological evidence. An important new contribution to modern debates on Greek and Roman perceptions of other peoples, the book argues that the closely interactive conditions of ancient Italy helped to produce far less distanced and exotic images than those of the barbarians in fifth-century Athenian thought.
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of pages: 268
Weight: 466 g
Dimensions: 225 x 143 x 21 mm
Emma Dench's book is an exemplary reading of the culture and peoples of the Apennines from the new point of view ... Dench's book has already begun to have an im0pact, and it should impart the confidence to others to undertake regional histories. It raises significant questions about the ways that Greeks saw other peoples in the west, and is thus a contribution to debates about Greek society in South Italy and Sicily ... Dench has brought us closer to an appreciation of the world of contested and competing images in which ancient politics was played out. * Christopher Smith, St. Andrew's University, Hermathena, no 164, Summer 98 *
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