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The Roman Clan: The Gens from Ancient Ideology to Modern Anthropology - The W. B. Stanford Memorial Lectures (Hardback)
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The Roman Clan: The Gens from Ancient Ideology to Modern Anthropology - The W. B. Stanford Memorial Lectures (Hardback)

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Hardback 408 Pages / Published: 09/03/2006
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The gens, a key social formation in archaic Rome, has given rise to considerable interpretative problems for modern scholarship. In this comprehensive exploration of the subject, Professor Smith examines the mismatch between the ancient evidence and modern interpretative models influenced by social anthropology and political theory. He offers a detailed comparison of the gens with the Attic genos and illustrates, for the first time, how recent changes in the way we understand the genos may impact upon our understanding of Roman history. He develops a concept of the gens within the interlocking communal institutions of early Rome, which touches on questions of land ownership, warfare and the patriciate, before offering an explanation of the role of the gens and the part it might play in modern political theory. This significant work makes an important contribution not only to the study of archaic Rome, but also to the history of ideas.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521856928
Number of pages: 408
Weight: 770 g
Dimensions: 228 x 152 x 27 mm


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"This is a work of careful scholarship...(T)his is a book that can be highly recommended to those interested in the Roman gens...well worth purchasing..." David B. Small, Lehigh University, Journal of Anthropological Research
"...discourse about the origins of Roman sociopolitical organizations will for the future be shaped by Smith's ponderous work, making an exemplary historical problem more accessible to nonclassical scholars broadly interested in the role of clans in emerging states." --Nicola Terrenato, University of Michigan

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