The Roman Clan: The Gens from Ancient Ideology to Modern Anthropology

The Roman Clan: The Gens from Ancient Ideology to Modern Anthropology

by C. J. Smith
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521856922

ISBN-13: 9780521856928

Pub. Date: 03/31/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The gens or 'clan', a key social formation in archaic Rome, has given rise to considerable interpretative problems for modern scholarship. In this comprehensive exploration of the subject, C.J. Smith examines the mismatch between the ancient evidence and modern interpretative models influenced by social anthropology and political theory. He offers a detailed…  See more details below

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The gens or 'clan', a key social formation in archaic Rome, has given rise to considerable interpretative problems for modern scholarship. In this comprehensive exploration of the subject, C.J. Smith examines the mismatch between the ancient evidence and modern interpretative models influenced by social anthropology and political theory. He offers a detailed comparison of the gens with the Attic genos and illustrates, for the first time, how recent changes in the way we understand the genos may impact upon our understanding of Roman history. This significant work makes an important contribution not only to the study of archaic Rome, but also to the history of ideas.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521856928
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/31/2006
Series:
W. B. Stanford Memorial Lectures
Pages:
408
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.06(d)

Table of Contents

General introduction; Part I: Introduction; 1. The ancient evidence; 2. Modern interpretations; 3. The gens in the mirror: Roman gens and Attic genos; 4. Archaeology and the gens; Part I conclusion; Part II: 5. The Roman community; 6. The Roman curiae; 7. The patricians and the land; 8. The patriciate; 9. Warfare in the regal and early republican periods; 10. Explaining the gens; 11. Roman history and the modern world; Appendix 1. Dionysius of Halicarnassus on the Roman curiae and religion; Appendix 2. The missing curiae.

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