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Roman manliness : 'virtus' and the Roman republic

Author: Myles Anthony McDonnell
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Arguing that virtus was not, in essence, a moral concept, Myles McDonnell shows how the semantic range of the word, together with the manly ideal that it embodied, were altered by Greek cultural  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Myles Anthony McDonnell
ISBN: 9780521118934 052111893X
OCLC Number: 351329754
Notes: Originally published: 2006.
Description: pages
Contents: Virtus and early Latin pp. 12-16 --
Plautus and Roman comedy pp. 16-33 --
Early Latin inscriptions pp. 33-43 --
Early Latin epic, tragedy, and history pp. 44-50 --
M. Porcius Cato pp. 50-59 --
Virtus and martial courage in the Middle republic pp. 59-71 --
Hellenization and 'Apetń : semantic borrowing --
Bilingualism and semantic calque pp. 72-84 --
Virtus and Fortuna pp. 84-95 --
Virtute deum pp. 95-104 --
'Apetń and manly virtus --
Semantic borrowing and popular theater pp. 105-107 --
Virtus as human excellence pp. 107-110 --
Ethical virtus pp. 110-128 --
Virtus and the canonical "virtues" pp. 128-134 --
Virtus as a political value pp. 134-141 --
Visual representations of virtus --
Visualization of abstract concepts in ancient Rome pp. 142-146 --
Virtus as the armed amazon pp. 146-149 --
Virtus and the mounted warrior pp. 149-154 --
The equestrian image in republican Rome pp. 154-158 --
The boundaries of manliness --
Virtus, slaves, and foreigners pp. 159-161 --
Virtus and women pp. 161-165 --
Virtus and sexuality pp. 165-168 --
Fatherhood, family, and wealth: virtus and private life pp. 168-173 --
Man and boy : patria potestas and virtus pp. 173-180 --
Manliness in republican Rome --
Teaching manliness pp. 181-185 --
Aristocrats and horses pp. 185-195 --
Institutional constraints on displays of manliness pp. 195-205 --
Divine virtus, M. Claudius Marcellus and Roman politics --
Manliness and politics pp. 206-209 --
Abstract deities and divine virtus pp. 209-212 --
Virtus and honos pp. 212-228 --
Breaking the constraints pp. 228-235 --
Marcellus' successors pp. 235-240 --
Virtus contested --
The experience of war pp. 242-247 --
Equites equo publico pp. 248-258 --
Cultural change and hellenism pp. 259-265 --
The new man of virtus pp. 265-267 --
Marius and the gods pp. 267-271 --
Competing definitions of manliness pp. 271- 290 --
Virtus and the legacy of Marius pp. 290-292 --
Virtus imperatoris --
Virtus in the late republic pp. 293- 295 --
The virtus of Pompey pp. 295-300 --
Virtus and Caesar's commentaries pp. 300-319 --
Manliness redefined --
Virtus and the new man pp. 320-332 --
Imperator togatus : Cicero's claim to virtus pp. 332-355 --
The dual nature of virtus in Sallust pp. 356-384 --
Epilogue : Roman manliness and the principate pp. 385-389.
Responsibility: Myles McDonnell.

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