Bandits in the Roman Empire by Thomas Grunewald
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Bandits in the Roman Empire
By Thomas Grunewald

Bandits in the Roman Empire

Myth and Reality

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Translated by John Drinkwater See other recent books by John Drinkwater
Format: Paperback

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Bandits in the Roman Empire by Thomas Grunewald

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This wide-ranging and informative survey of 'outsider' groups in the Roman Empire will contribute greatly to our understanding of Roman social history. Examining men such as as Viriatus, Tacfarinus, Maternus and Bulla Felix, who were called latrones after clashing with the imperial authorities, special attention is given to perhaps the best-known 'bandit' of all, Spartacus, and to those who impersonated the emperor Nero after his death. Topics covered include: * Whom did the Romans see as bandits (latrones)? * What did they understand as robbery (lactrocinium)? * How pressing was the threat that the bandits posed? * How did their contemporaries perceive the danger? We are shown that the term latrones was not just used to refer to criminals but was metaphorically and disparagingly applied to failed political rebels, rivals and avengers. The word also came to represent the 'noble brigands', idealising the underdog as a means of criticising the winning side. The author therefore presents 'the bandit' as a literary construct rather than a social type.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415486811
ISBN-10: 0415486815
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 156mm x 13mm)
Pages: 244
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 8-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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