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Roman Error: Classical Reception and the Problem of Rome's Flaws

Basil Dufallo


In the eyes of posterity, ancient Rome is deeply flawed, whether because of political corruption or imperial domination, the practice of slavery or religious intolerance, sexual immorality or other “decadence”—the list could extend considerably. Without denying the good reasons why certain aspects of Roman behavior are unacceptable within our present worldview, this volume reveals how, for centuries, the Romans’ “errors” have not only provoked opprobrium but also inspired wayward, novel, errant forms of thought and representation, for whose historical importance and continued relevance the con ... More

Keywords: ancient Rome, classical reception, error, corruption, empire, immorality, sexuality, slavery, religious intolerance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198803034
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198803034.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Basil Dufallo, editor
Associate Professor of Greek and Latin, University of Michigan