The Heart of Rome

The Heart of Rome : Ancient Rome's Political Culture

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Jan H. Blits' The Heart of Rome: Ancient Rome's Political Culture examines the political activities and institutions of pre-Imperial Rome in conjunction with the habits of the hearts and the minds of the Romans. Blits emphasizes treating the writings of ancient historians of Rome as works of thoughtful reflection rather than as works of technical more

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  • Hardback | 200 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 20.32mm | 430.91g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739189204
  • 9780739189207

About Jan H. Blits

Jan H. Blits is professor in the University Honors Program at the University of more

Review quote

[This book] is a rich and engaging study of Roman beliefs, attitudes, and values that makes sense of the political choices that Romans were inclined to make and illuminates the broader complexion of their political world...All of these essays are a delight to read, and together they provide a lively and encompassing picture of the Roman psyche...Heart of Rome is a book worthy of its subject matter and a great asset to readers looking to familiarize themselves with this extraordinary city. Review of Politics Professor Blits offers erudite and provocative readings of the ancient sources to illuminate the political culture of Rome as well as the aspirations of its citizens. His depiction of Rome is one that will be sure to fascinate all those who wish to fathom the full range of possibilities for political life. -- Vickie B. Sullivan, Tufts Universityshow more

Table of contents

Foreword 1. Rome and the Sea 2. Hannibal and Roman Blunders 3. The Power of Spectacle 4. Roman Memory and Time 5. Public Life, Private Virtue: The Roman Censorship 6. The Decay of Politics and the Growth of Philosophy 7. Endemic Monarchism and Emergent Caesarism Appendix 1; Who's Who Appendix 2: Timeline of Eventsshow more