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

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

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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.

Author: C. J. Smith
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Published: 11/13/2008
Pages: 408
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 1.34lbs
Size: 9.06h x 6.07w x 1.09d
ISBN: 9780521102254

About the Author
Smith, C. J.: - C. J. Smith is Professor of Ancient History and Dean of Arts at the University of St. Andrews. His previous publications include Trading and Traders in the Ancient World (1998), Religion in Archaic and Republican Rome (2000) and Sicily from Aeneas to Augustus (2000). He is the editor of Fragmentary Roman Historians (forthcoming).

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