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    Reading Roman Friendship (Hardback) By (author) Craig A. Williams

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    DescriptionThis book invites us to approach friendship not as something that simply is, but as something performed in and through language. Roman friendship is read across a wide spectrum of Latin texts, from Catullus' poetry to Petronius' Satyricon to the philosophical writings of Cicero and Seneca, from letters exchanged by the Emperor Marcus Aurelius and his beloved teacher Fronto, to those written by men and women at an outpost in northern Britain. One of the most innovative features of this study is the equal attention it pays to Latin literature and to inscriptions carved in stone across the Roman Empire. What emerges is a richly varied and perhaps surprising picture. Hundreds of epitaphs, commissioned by men and women, citizens and slaves, record the commemoration of friends, which is of equal importance to understanding Roman friendship as Cicero's influential essay De amicitia.


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    Title
    Reading Roman Friendship
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Craig A. Williams
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 387
    Width: 158 mm
    Height: 230 mm
    Thickness: 26 mm
    Weight: 762 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781107003651
    ISBN 10: 1107003652
    Classifications

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    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC subject category V2: HBTB
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAR
    BIC subject category V2: JHBK
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    B&T General Subject: 431
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    BIC subject category V2: HBLA1
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000
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    DC22: 870.9353
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    DC22: 870.9/353
    DC23: 302.340937
    LC classification: PA6029.F75 W55 2012
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    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Illustrations note
    14 b/w illus.
    Publisher
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    31 December 2012
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge
    Author Information
    Craig A. Williams is Professor of Classics at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and in 2006 he was awarded Brooklyn College's Leonard and Claire Tow Endowed Professorship. He is the author of the acclaimed Roman Homosexuality (second edition, 2010), an introduction and commentary in Martial: Epigrams, Book Two (2004) and numerous articles and reviews on Latin literature and Roman culture.
    Review quote
    'Williams demonstrates convincingly that the epigraphical and literary texts construct substantially different pictures of how friendship was negotiated and conceived in ancient Rome, not least in respect to gender and class relations. It is not too much to say that Williams' careful attention to inscriptions, along with his sensitive interpretations of literary and philosophical texts, will transform in fundamental ways the prevailing conception of Roman amicitia ... It is scholarship at its best, and anyone interested in ancient Roman friendship will want to read it.' Sehepunkte
    Table of contents
    Introduction: reading Roman friendship; 1. Men and women; 2. Love and friendship I: questions and themes; 3. Love and friendship II: authors and texts; 4. Friendship and death: the culture of commemoration.