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Romulus' Asylum: Roman Identities from the Age of Alexander to the Age of Hadrian

Emma Dench


Modern treatments of Rome have projected in highly emotive terms the perceived problems or the aspirations of the present: ‘race-mixture’ has been blamed for the collapse of the Roman empire. More recently, Rome and Roman society have been depicted as ‘multicultural’. Moving beyond these and beyond more traditional, juridical approaches to Roman identity, this book focuses on ancient modes of thinking about selves and relationships with other peoples, including descent-myths, history, and ethnographies. It explores the relative importance of sometimes closely interconnected categories of blood ... More

Keywords: Rome, Roman empire, Roman society, descent-myths, Roman history, ethnographies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780198150510
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198150510.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Emma Dench, author
Professor of Ancient History, Birkbeck College, University of London
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