By Catharine Edwards
This ebook addresses the query no longer how immoral the traditional Romans have been yet why the literature they produced is so preoccupied with immorality. the trendy photo of immoral Rome derives from historical debts that are mostly severe instead of celebratory. faraway from being empty commonplaces those accusations constituted a strong discourse by which Romans negotiated conflicts and tensions of their social and political order. This learn proceeds via an in depth exam of quite a lot of historical texts (all of that are translated), exploring the dynamics in their rhetoric, in addition to the ends to which they have been deployed. Roman moralising discourse, the writer indicates, could be obvious as specially fascinated about the articulation of anxieties approximately gender, social prestige and political strength. person chapters specialize in adultery, effeminacy, the immorality of the Roman theatre, sumptuous constructions and the risks of enjoyment.
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