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Popular Morality in the Early Roman Empire

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  • Date Published: August 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521875530

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  • Morality is one of the fundamental structures of any society, enabling complex groups to form, negotiate their internal differences and persist through time. In the first book-length study of Roman popular morality, Dr Morgan argues that we can recover much of the moral thinking of people across the Empire. Her study draws on proverbs, fables, exemplary stories and gnomic quotations, to explore how morality worked as a system for Roman society as a whole and in individual lives. She examines the range of ideas and practices and their relative importance, as well as questions of authority and the relationship with high philosophy and the ethical vocabulary of documents and inscriptions. The Roman Empire incorporated numerous overlapping groups, whose ideas varied according to social status, geography, gender and many other factors. Nevertheless it could and did hold together as an ethical community, which was a significant factor in its socio-political success.

    • Investigates how morality worked as a system in the Roman Empire
    • Makes accessible the evidence of thousands of often little-known sayings and stories from very scattered sources
    • Offers a broad approach which will also appeal to philosophers, theologians and historians of proverbs and fables
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    Review of the hardback: 'This clear-headed, balanced and subtle analysis of an important but neglected topic should be in every university library.' The Journal of Classics Teaching

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2007
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521875530
    • length: 396 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.75kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    Part I:
    2. Proverbs
    3. Fables
    4. Gnomai
    5. Exempla
    6. Patterns
    Part II:
    7. The language of morality
    8. Moral authorities
    9. Time and morality
    Part III:
    10. The importance of being miscellaneous
    11. Popular morality and high philosophy
    12. Morality inter alia
    Conclusion
    Appendices.

  • Author

    Teresa Morgan, University of Oxford

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