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    DescriptionThis 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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    Title
    The Sorrows of the Ancient Romans
    Subtitle
    The Gladiator and the Monster
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Carlin A. Barton
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 224
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 342 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780691010915
    ISBN 10: 0691010919
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBTB
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD, HBLA
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAR
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.3
    BIC subject category V2: JMH
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    Libri: I-HP
    DC20: 937
    Ingram Theme: CULT/ITALY
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15300
    LC subject heading:
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    B&T Approval Code: A14202040
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002020
    B&T Merchandise Category: POD
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 937
    LC classification: DG
    B&T Approval Code: A14170000
    LC subject heading:
    Abridged Dewey: 937
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: 1QDAR
    Thema V1.0: JMH, NHTB, NHD, NHC
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Publisher
    Princeton University Press
    Imprint name
    Princeton University Press
    Publication date
    18 December 1995
    Publication City/Country
    New Jersey
    Review quote
    "Barton amasses an impressive collection of ancient evidence and treats it to an even more impressive interpretation, reinforced by references to modern psychological and anthropological studies. The thesis is enriched and underscored by countless examples from contemporary films, plays, and literature... This provocative volume deserves a wide audience."--Richard E. Mitchell, American Historical Review "Surely the most erudite treatment of Latin sadomasochism around and a model of literary-history digging."--Scott L. Malcomson, The Voice Literary Supplement "The main achievement of the author is a wealth of documentation of some rather odd-looking aspects of Roman culture... [Barton] is especially stimulating on the subject of the gaze in the Roman context, on the dynamics of watching."--James Davidson, Journal of Roman Studies
    Back cover copy
    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.
    Table of contents
    Acknowledgments The Gladiator Despair The Scandal of the Arena 2Desire Wine without Water The Monster Fascination A Vain, Barren, Exquisite Wasting 4Envy (Part One) Embracing the Monster 5Envy (Part Two) Striking the Monster 6Conclusions The Widening Gyre Modern Works Cited Index