Roman Manliness: "Virtus" and the Roman Republic (Paperback)
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Short Description for Roman Manliness This 2006 book examines notions of virtus as it contributed to Roman ideas of manliness.
- Published: 03 September 2009
- Format: Paperback 504 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780521118934 ISBN 10: 052111893X
- Sales rank: 1,311,318
Full description for Roman Manliness
Some studies of ancient Roman masculinities have concentrated on the private aspects of the subject, particularly sexuality, and have drawn conclusions from a narrow field of reference, usually rhetorical practice. In contrast, this 2006 book examines the public and the most important aspect of Roman masculinity: manliness as represented by the concept of virtus. Using traditional historical, philological, and archaeological analyses, together with the methods of socio-linguistics and gender studies, it presents a comprehensive picture of how Roman manliness developed from the middle to the late Republic. 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 ideas; and how Roman manliness was contested in the religion, culture, and politics of the late Republic.