Studies in Classical History and Society

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Oxford University Press, 21 mar 2002 - 168 pagine
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Professor Reinhold, a distinguished senior classicist, has produced a fascinating and accessible collection of essays devoted to the study of ancient history. Among the articles included are "The Generation Gap," a major survey exploring myths of the uprising of one generation against another; "Augustus' Conception of Himself," a detailed summary and interpretation of Augustus' life and career; and "The Declaration of War against Cleopatra," an investigation of the charge against Cleopatra that she betrayed her pledge to Rome as a client ruler. Taken together, these essays form a unified and coherent survey of ancient history that will appeal to a broad audience.

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1 The Generation Gap in Antiquity
3
2 Usurpation of Status and Status Symbols in the Roman Empire
25
3 Human Nature as Cause in Ancient Historiography
45
4 The Declaration of War against Cleopatra
54
5 Augustuss Conception of Himself
59
From Republic to Principate
70
7 In Praise of Cassius Dio
77
A Critique of Rostovtzeff
82
Notes
101
Index
139
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Pagina 8 - If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey the voice of his father or the voice of his mother, and that when they have chastened him, will not hearken unto them...
Pagina 53 - Would you know the sentiments, inclinations, and course of life of the Greeks and Romans ? study well the temper and actions of the French and English : you cannot be much mistaken in transferring to the former most of the observations which you have made with regard to the latter. Mankind are so much the same, in all times and places, that history informs us of nothing new or strange in this particular.
Pagina 50 - Omnis homines qui sese student praestare ceteris animalibus summa ope niti decet ne vitam silentio transeant veluti pecora, quae natura prona atque ventri oboedientia finxit. Sed nostra omnis vis in animo et corpore sita est; animi imperio, corporis servitio magis utimur; alterum nobis cum dis, alterum cum beluis commune est.
Pagina 18 - ... the child, and the child like the parent: the father is afraid of his sons, and they show no fear or respect for their parents, in order to assert their freedom. Citizens, resident aliens, and strangers from abroad are all on an equal footing.
Pagina 16 - ... for the former is but evidence of a material prosperity, whereas the latter is proof of a noble character. Do honour to the divine power at all times, but especially on occasions of public worship; for thus you will have the reputation both of sacrificing to the gods and of abiding by the laws. Conduct yourself toward your parents as you would have your children conduct themselves toward you.
Pagina 23 - Therefore as the result of riches, luxury and greed, united with insolence, took possession of our young manhood. They pillaged, squandered; set little value on their own, coveted the goods of others; they disregarded modesty, chastity, everything human and divine; in short, they were utterly thoughtless and reckless.
Pagina 103 - Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death.
Pagina 95 - ... and the Western, between Greek city-states and Oriental monarchies — between Greek 'politai' and Oriental subjects; between the Greek economic system, based on freedom and private initiative, and the State economy of the East, supervised, guided, and controlled. And finally they were faced with the great eternal problem of human society, as acute in the ancient world as it is in the modern: the antinomy between the rulers and the ruled, the 'haves' and the 'havenots,' the bourgeoisie and the...
Pagina 86 - EnThis confusion of a bourgeoisie as a ruling class and as a "middle class" is evident in Rostovtzeff's economic and social writings. It is true that he has attempted to give precise definition to the concept "bourgeoisie" in economic terms: I understand by it ... a class of men who had achieved by their efforts or inherited from their parents a certain degree of prosperity, and lived not on the income derived by manual labour but from the investment of their accumulated capital in some branch of...

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