Bandits in the Roman Empire: Myth and Reality by Thomas Grunewald

By Thomas Grunewald

This wide-ranging and informative survey of 'outsider' teams within the Roman Empire will give a contribution tremendously to our figuring out of Roman social history.

Examining males resembling as Viriatus, Tacfarinus, Maternus and Bulla Felix, who have been referred to as latrones after clashing with the imperial professionals, distinctive recognition is given to maybe the best-known 'bandit' of all, Spartacus, and to people who impersonated the emperor Nero after his dying. themes coated include:

* Whom did the Romans see as bandits (latrones)?
* What did they comprehend as theft (lactrocinium)?
* How urgent used to be the danger that the bandits posed?
* How did their contemporaries understand the danger?

We are proven that the time period latrones was not only used to consult criminals yet used to be metaphorically and disparagingly utilized to failed political rebels, competitors and avengers. The note additionally got here to symbolize the 'noble brigands', idealising the underdog as a method of criticising the successful part. the writer as a result offers 'the bandit' as a literary build instead of a social type.

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