The Sorrows of the Ancient Romans: The Gladiator and the Monster
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. Early in the work, Carlin Barton describes the Romans as seeming to be surpassing strange, exercising the same fascination as a Siberian tiger or a Great White shark, but by the end of the book she has made 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 BC through the first two centuries AD, Barton picks two images: the gladiator and the monster.
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