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. 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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Review: The Sorrows of the Ancient Romans: The Gladiator and the MonsterUser Review - Robert - Goodreads
Barton's The Sorrows of the Ancient Romans is an ueven book; the first part about the gladiators is awesome, the second part about the monstrous is a drag and could have been summarized in fifteen ... Read full review
Review: The Sorrows of the Ancient Romans: The Gladiator and the MonsterUser Review - Goodreads
As a disclaimer, I should first say that I had the privilege of taking a class with Carlin Barton at UMass Amherst and I'm a great admirer of her as a person. That having been said, this book would be ...