The Roman Cultural Revolution

Author: Thomas Habinek,Alessandro Schiesaro

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521580922

Category: History

Page: 238

View: 1117


Multi-disciplinary exploration of the Roman Revolution as a cultural phenomenon.

Rome's Cultural Revolution

Author: Andrew Wallace-Hadrill

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521896843

Category: Art

Page: 502

View: 1280


Original interpretation of the fundamental transformations of Rome's society, culture and identity during the period of its imperial expansion.

Globalizing Roman Culture

Unity, Diversity and Empire

Author: Richard Hingley

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134264712

Category: History

Page: 224

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Richard Hingley here asks the questions: What is Romanization? Was Rome the first global culture? Romanization has been represented as a simple progression from barbarism to civilization. Roman forms in architecture, coinage, language and literature came to dominate the world from Britain to Syria. Hingley argues for a more complex and nuanced view in which Roman models provided the means for provincial elites to articulate their own concerns. Inhabitants of the Roman provinces were able to develop identities they never knew they had until Rome gave them the language to express them. Hingley draws together the threads of diverse and separate study, in one sophisticated theoretical framework that spans the whole Roman Empire. Students of Rome and those with an interest in classical cultural studies will find this an invaluable mine of information.

Freed Slaves and Roman Imperial Culture

Social Integration and the Transformation of Values

Author: Rose MacLean

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 110714292X

Category: History

Page: 216

View: 1702


Argues that freed slaves exerted a profound influence on the transformation of Roman values under the Principate.

Greek Athletics in the Roman World

Victory and Virtue

Author: Zahra Newby

Publisher: OUP Oxford


Category: History

Page: 328

View: 6051


The Greeks' fascination with athletics in the gymnasium and festivals such as the Olympic Games is well known. However, athletic training and festivals continued to thrive during the Roman period. This book looks at the art associated with Greek athletics to see what it meant to both Greeks and Romans during the period of the Roman Empire. It argues that athletics continued to act as a crucial sign of Greek identity as well as providing new forms of leisure activities for the citizens of Rome.

Serious Play

Desire and Authority in the Poetry of Ovid, Chaucer, and Ariosto

Author: Robert Hanning

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231526393

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 304

View: 4212


Ovid, Chaucer, and Ariosto, premodern Europe's three greatest comic poets, found abundant cause for laughter in the foibles and follies of human desire. Yet they also excelled at the dangerous game of skewering the elites on whom they depended for patronage. The resulting depictions of addled lovers and rattled rulers create a unique dynamic of trenchant critique wrapped in amusing, enlightening, and disturbing fantasy, an achievement hailed as serio ludere, serious play, by Renaissance theorists. Through an imaginative analysis of Ovid's amatory poetry, Chaucer's dream poems and excerpts from the Canterbury Tales, and Ariosto's epic Orlando Furioso, Robert W. Hanning illuminates the contrast and continuities in often hilarious, always empathetic representations of bungled desire and thwarted political authority. He also documents the response of all three poets to the "authority" of cultural predecessors and poetic convention. Each poet lived through exciting times (Augustan Rome, late-medieval London, and high-Renaissance Italy, respectively) and their outsider-insider status links them as memorable speakers of comedic truth to power. Providing fresh perspectives on Ovid, Chaucer, and Ariosto within their rich historical moments, Serious Play isolates the elements that make their work so appealing centuries after they lived, observed, and wrote.