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The World through Roman Eyes
Anthropological Approaches to Ancient Culture

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Maurizio Bettini, William Michael Short, Gabriella Pironti, Micol Perfigli, Francesca Prescendi, Laura Cherubini, Mario Lentano, Renata Raccanelli, Lucia Beltrami, Cristiano Viglietti, Gianluca De Sanctis, Cristiana Franco, Svetlana Hautala, Giuseppe Pucci, Giovanni Manetti, Simone Beta
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  • Date Published: November 2018
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107157613

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  • The culmination of a project aimed at showcasing, in a systematic way, the potential of applying anthropological perspectives to classical studies, this volume highlights the fundamental contribution this approach has to make to our understanding of ancient Roman culture. Through the close study of themes such as myth, polytheism, sacrifice, magic, space, kinship, the gift, friendship, economics, animals, plants, riddles, metaphors, and images in Roman society (often in comparison with Greece) - where the texts of ancient culture are allowed to speak in their own terms and where the experience of the natives (rather than the horizon of the observer) is privileged - a rich panorama emerges of the worldview, beliefs, and deep structures that shaped and guided this culture.

    • Proposes an emic and comparative approach to the study of the ancient world
    • Makes theoretical assumptions clear and explains them in an accessible way
    • Illustrates how anthropological theories can be applied to ancient material through case studies
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    ‘… this edited volume makes an important original contribution to cultural studies, and the authors' embedding of historical analysis in anthropological theory and comparative analysis yields new insights regarding the classical world … Highly recommended.’ M. T. Stark, Choice

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107157613
    • length: 482 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 157 x 32 mm
    • weight: 0.83kg
    • contains: 11 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Maurizio Bettini and William Michael Short
    1. Comparison Maurizio Bettini
    2. Metaphors William Michael Short
    3. Polytheism Gabriella Pironti and Micol Perfigli
    4. Myth Maurizio Bettini
    5. Sacrifice Francesca Prescendi
    6. Witches Laura Cherubini
    7. Kinship Mario Lentano
    8. Friendship and the gift Renata Raccanelli and Lucia Beltrami
    9. Economy Cristiano Viglietti
    10. Space Gianluca De Sanctis
    11. Animals Cristiana Franco
    12. Plants Svetlana Hautala
    13. Images Giuseppe Pucci
    14. Signs Giovanni Manetti
    15. Riddles Simone Beta.

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    Maurizio Bettini, Università degli Studi, Siena
    Maurizio Bettini is Full Professor of Classical Philology at the Università degli Studi, Siena and one of the most internationally renowned classicists. His vision of the ancient world, strongly marked by anthropology, has made its mark on studies of Roman culture, myth, and ancient religion. He is the director of several important book series – such as Einaudi's Mythologica – and collaborates with the cultural section of the newspaper La Repubblica. Outside of Italy, where he founded the Center for Anthropology and the Ancient World, Bettini has taught for over twenty years in the Department of Classics at the University of California, Berkeley. It was there that his intense collaboration with William Michael Short began, and this has taken place in the context of the organization of a study abroad program at the Università degli Studi, Siena as well as numerous research projects.

    William Michael Short, University of Exeter
    William Michael Short is a Lecturer in the Department of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Exeter. His studies, strongly influenced by the cognitive sciences and cognitive linguistics, have given a new and fascinating impulse to anthropological studies of the ancient world. His focus on metaphor in particular, in the light of Lakoffian conceptual metaphor theory, has permitted the articulation of a new comparativism and enabled a psychologically realistic method for reconstructing ancient worldviews by juxtaposing metaphorically structured concepts between cultures.


    Maurizio Bettini, William Michael Short, Gabriella Pironti, Micol Perfigli, Francesca Prescendi, Laura Cherubini, Mario Lentano, Renata Raccanelli, Lucia Beltrami, Cristiano Viglietti, Gianluca De Sanctis, Cristiana Franco, Svetlana Hautala, Giuseppe Pucci, Giovanni Manetti, Simone Beta

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