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This inquiry into the collective psychology of the ancient Romans speaks not about military conquest, sober law, and practical politics, but about extremes of despair, desire, and envy. Carlin Barton makes us uncomfortably familiar with a society struggling at or beyond the limits of human endurance. To probe the tensions of the Roman world in the period from the first century b.c.e. through the first two centuries c.e., Barton picks two images: the gladiator and the "monster."

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"In this volume, Barton has undertaken an imaginative reconstruction of the 'emotional
life' of the ancient Romans, and in so doing has produced a work of historical scholarship whose range of resources and whose appeal extend far beyond the bounds of merely academic history. She divides her analysis of Roman culture between two archetypal motifs, the gladiator and the monster, and through her analysis of each she gradually draws the picture of a truly tragic civilization, suffering from spiritual contradictions and subsisting in an emotional world that Barton describes under the categories of despair, desire, fascination, and envy. Believers in the quaint notion of objective history may be offended both by the speculative character of her project and the occasionally personal approach she has taken to her subject, but Barton has written a text of great richness. And her entire enterprise calls to mind R. G. Collingwood's theory of history as an imaginative recapitulation of the possibilities of being—as well as ambiguities of meaning—that reside in other cultural and historical situations." Reviewed by Daniel Weiss, Virginia Quarterly Review (Copyright 2006 Virginia Quarterly Review)

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This inquiry into the collective psychology of the ancient Romans speaks not about military conquest, sober law, and practical politics, but about extremes of despair, desire, and envy. Carlin Barton makes us uncomfortably familiar with a society struggling at or beyond the limits of human endurance. To probe the tensions of the Roman world in the period from the first century b.c.e. through the first two centuries c.e., Barton picks two images: the gladiator and the "monster."

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction3
The Gladiator
1Despair11
The Scandal of the Arena11
2Desire47
Wine without Water47
The Monster
3Fascination85
A Vain, Barren, Exquisite Wasting85
4Envy (Part One)107
Embracing the Monster107
5Envy (Part Two)145
Striking the Monster145
6Conclusions176
The Widening Gyre176
Modern Works Cited191
Index203

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691010915
Author:
Barton, Carlin A.
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Location:
Princeton
Subject:
History
Subject:
Ancient - Rome
Subject:
Rome
Subject:
Gladiators
Subject:
Archaeology and Ancient History
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
European History
Subject:
World History-Ancient Near East
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
November 1995
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
2 halftones
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 12 oz

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"Synopsis" by , This inquiry into the collective psychology of the ancient Romans speaks not about military conquest, sober law, and practical politics, but about extremes of despair, desire, and envy. Carlin Barton makes us uncomfortably familiar with a society struggling at or beyond the limits of human endurance. To probe the tensions of the Roman world in the period from the first century b.c.e. through the first two centuries c.e., Barton picks two images: the gladiator and the "monster."
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