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The Roman Triumph

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"...Mary Beard's fine book about the Roman way of winning suggests that even the triumphal parade...was a far more complex cultural phenomenon than most historians have recognized....Her book succeeds as a case study in ancient history, but also as an implicit invitation to reconsider representations of victory and loss in our own culture....Beard ranges among literary, historiographical, artistic, architectural, numismatic, epigraphical, and archaeological sources with impressive ease and fluency, showing that the preoccupation with triumph haunts all these different fields of Roman cultural life..." Emily Wilson, The New Republic (read the entire New Republic review)

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Listen to a short interview with Mary Beard
Host: Chris Gondek | Producer: Heron & Crane

It followed every major military victory in ancient Rome: the successful general drove through the streets to the temple of Jupiter on the Capitoline Hill; behind him streamed his raucous soldiers; in front were his most glamorous prisoners, as well as the booty he'd captured, from enemy ships and precious statues to plants and animals from the conquered territory. Occasionally there was so much on display that the show lasted two or three days.

A radical reexamination of this most extraordinary of ancient ceremonies, this book explores the magnificence of the Roman triumph--but also its darker side. What did it mean when the axle broke under Julius Caesar's chariot? Or when Pompey's elephants got stuck trying to squeeze through an arch? Or when exotic or pathetic prisoners stole the general's show? And what are the implications of the Roman triumph, as a celebration of imperialism and military might, for questions about military power and "victory" in our own day? The triumph, Mary Beard contends, prompted the Romans to question as well as celebrate military glory.

Her richly illustrated work is a testament to the profound importance of the triumph in Roman culture--and for monarchs, dynasts and generals ever since. But how can we re-create the ceremony as it was celebrated in Rome? How can we piece together its elusive traces in art and literature? Beard addresses these questions, opening a window on the intriguing process of sifting through and making sense of what constitutes "history."

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About the Author

Mary Beardhas a Chair of Classics at <>Cambridgeand is a Fellow of <>Newnham College. She is classics editor of The Times Literary Supplementand author of the blog <>“A Don’s Life”. She is also a winner of the 2008 Wolfson History Prize.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674026131
Author:
Beard, Mary
Publisher:
Belknap Press
Subject:
Military - General
Subject:
Ancient - Rome
Subject:
Customs & Traditions
Subject:
Historiography
Subject:
Rites and ceremonies
Subject:
Rites and ceremonies -- Rome.
Subject:
Rome Military antiquities.
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
October 2007
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
42 halftones
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in

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"Review A Day" by , "...Mary Beard's fine book about the Roman way of winning suggests that even the triumphal parade...was a far more complex cultural phenomenon than most historians have recognized....Her book succeeds as a case study in ancient history, but also as an implicit invitation to reconsider representations of victory and loss in our own culture....Beard ranges among literary, historiographical, artistic, architectural, numismatic, epigraphical, and archaeological sources with impressive ease and fluency, showing that the preoccupation with triumph haunts all these different fields of Roman cultural life..." (read the entire New Republic review)
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