From Barbarians to New Men: Greek, Roman, and Modern by Emma Dench

By Emma Dench

The vital Appennine peoples, then again represented as decadent and unsafe barbarians or as personifications of manly knowledge and advantage, have been vital figures in Greek and Roman ideology. This special examine considers the ways that those perceptions developed--reflecting either the moving wishes of Greek and Roman societies and the nature of interplay among a number of the cultures of historical Italy--to light up the advance of a in particular Roman id throughout the production of an ideology of incorporation.

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Introduction 17 than dangerous alternatives, with overtones of moral uprightness rather than of barbarian primitivism. 3. 52 In both cases, I shall point out some of the 'ways of seeing' that are distinctive in ancient writers, and suggest some of the ways in which the study of each author individually is valuable as well as being complex. Cato's Origines have not always received the attention they deserve in studies of the tradition of geographical and ethnographical writing in antiquity, where they so clearly and self-consciously belong.

Walsh, Livy: His Historical Aims and Methods (Cambridge, 1961), ch. 1. g. A. , Crawford, 'Origini e sviluppi del sistema provin­ ciale romano*, 96, E. Badian, 'The Early Historians*, in T. A. ), Latin Historians (London, 1966), 1 fF. i8 Introduction and ideological conditions of the late Republic and early Empire than with those of the early second century BC. Certain modern interpreta­ tions of Cato's work seem to be based too heavily on glosses such as these, and the particular qualities of Cato's outlook seem lost.

6. 65 J. Lipovsky, A Historiographical Study of Livy Books 6-10 (New York, 1981), 88-9. 66 The sense of the relentless progress of Rome, and of her particular way of achieving the conquest of Italy are surely due to hindsight: what hints we have of Middle Republican ideology suggest that a consciousness of a special relationship^of Italy to Rome was something that emerged much more clearlyjyjjljinto the third century BC. Despite this, Livy's narrative is obviously very far from being a reflection of the preoccupations of the Late Republican/Augustan age alone.

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