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The Roman Clan: The Gens from Ancient Ideology to Modern Anthropology C.J. Smith

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

C.J. Smith

Published May 14th 2014
ISBN : 9780511161827
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408 pages
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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 evidenceMoreThe 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.