Romans and Blacks (Hardback)
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Romans and Blacks (Hardback)

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Hardback 254 Pages / Published: 18/11/2013
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Roman literature seems to provide plenty of instances of contempt towards foreign or black individuals, but it is an untenable assumption that such distaste amounts to a racist attitude, particularly considering how elusive the definitions of `race' and `racism' are.

Making extensive use of developments in sociological theory and psychology, Romans and Blacks, first published in 1989, presents an innovative and illuminating picture of black-white relations in Roman society. It is argued that `race' as a somatic identification that entails permanent and genetically transmitted social disabilities was absent, and that the main deference-entitling distinctions in the Roman world were socio-cultural rather than somatic. Therefore, Professor Thompson concludes, references to black skins and negroid features should be interpreted in aesthetic terms.

This wide-ranging study brings welcome clarity to the discussion of blacks in the Roman world, and is valuable for all students of race relations as well as classicists and historians.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
ISBN: 9780415749930
Number of pages: 254
Weight: 467 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 mm

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