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    DescriptionThis book addresses the question not how immoral the ancient Romans were but why the literature they produced is so preoccupied with immorality. The modern image of immoral Rome derives from ancient accounts which are largely critical rather than celebratory. Far from being empty commonplaces these accusations constituted a powerful discourse through which Romans negotiated conflicts and tensions in their social and political order. This study proceeds by a detailed examination of a wide range of ancient texts (all of which are translated), exploring the dynamics of their rhetoric, as well as the ends to which they were deployed. Roman moralising discourse, the author suggests, may be seen as especially concerned with the articulation of anxieties about gender, social status and political power. Individual chapters focus on adultery, effeminacy, the immorality of the Roman theatre, luxurious buildings and the dangers of pleasure.


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    Title
    The Politics of Immorality in Ancient Rome
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Catharine Edwards
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 244
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 228 mm
    Thickness: 14 mm
    Weight: 360 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780521893893
    ISBN 10: 0521893895
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBG
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    BIC language qualifier (language as subject) V2: 2ADL
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    Libri: I-HP
    BIC subject category V2: DSBB
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15700
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    LC classification: DE
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 22
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T Approval Code: A24202500
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000, LIT004190
    BIC subject category V2: 2ADL
    DC22: 870.9353
    LC subject heading:
    DC21: 870.9353
    LC classification: PA6029.M67 E38 1993
    Thema V1.0: NHB, DSBB, NHC
    Edition
    4
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    09 May 2002
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge
    Table of contents
    Introduction; 1. A moral revolution? The law against adultery; 2. Mollitia: reading the body; 3. Playing Romans: representations of actors and the theatre; 4. Structures of immorality: rhetoric, building and social hierarchy; 5. Prodigal pleasures.