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Rome, Empire of Plunder
The Dynamics of Cultural Appropriation

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Basil Dufallo, Ayelet Haimson Lushkov, Thomas Biggs, Stefano Rebeggiani, Matthew P. Loar, Marden Fitzpatrick Nichols, Jennifer Trimble, Grant Parker, Carolyn MacDonald, Amy Richlin, Carrie Fulton, Micah Myers, Megan Daniel, Dan-el Padilla Peralta
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  • Date Published: November 2017
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108418423

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  • Bringing together philologists, historians, and archaeologists, Rome, Empire of Plunder bridges disciplinary divides in pursuit of an interdisciplinary understanding of Roman cultural appropriation - approached not as a set of distinct practices but as a hydra-headed phenomenon through which Rome made and remade itself, as a Republic and as an Empire, on Italian soil and abroad. The studies gathered in this volume range from the literary thefts of the first Latin comic poets to the grand-scale spoliation of Egyptian obelisks by a succession of emperors, and from Hispania to Pergamon to Qasr Ibrim. Applying a range of theoretical perspectives on cultural appropriation, contributors probe the violent interactions and chance contingencies that sent cargo of all sorts into circulation around the Roman Mediterranean, causing recurrent distortions in their individual and aggregate meanings. The result is an innovative and nuanced investigation of Roman cultural appropriation and imperial power.

    • Examines Roman cultural appropriation from literary, historical, and archaeological perspectives, providing a more complete and nuanced picture
    • Applies a range of contemporary theories of appropriation and cultural interaction
    • Discusses Roman appropriations from, and interactions with, various cultures across the Mediterranean, avoiding focus on Greece alone
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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108418423
    • length: 336 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.63kg
    • contains: 13 b/w illus. 3 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Interaction:
    1. The comedy of plunder: art and appropriation in Plautus' Menaechmi Basil Dufallo
    2. Citation, spoliation, and the appropriation of the past in Livy's AUC Ayelet Haimson Lushkov
    3. A second first Punic War: respoliation of Republican naval monuments in the urban and poetic landscapes of Augustan Rome Thomas Biggs
    4. Buried treasure, hidden verses: (re)appropriating the Gauls of Pergamon in Flavian culture Stefano Rebeggiani
    5. Interactions: microhistory as cultural history Matthew P. Loar
    Part II. Distortion:
    6. Repurposing plunder in Vitruvius' De architectura Marden Fitzpatrick Nichols
    7. Appropriating Egypt for the Ara Pacis Augustae Jennifer Trimble
    8. Monolithic appropriation? The Lateran obelisk compared Grant Parker
    9. Distortion on parade: rethinking successful appropriation in Rome Carolyn MacDonald
    Part III. Circulation:
    10. The traffic in shtick Amy Richlin
    11. Agents of appropriation: shipwrecks, cargoes, and entangled networks in the Late Republic Carrie Fulton
    12. Import/export: empire and appropriation in the Gallus Papyrus from Qasr Ibrim Micah Myers
    13. Annexing a shared past: Roman appropriations of Hercules-Melqart in the conquest of Hispania Megan Daniel
    14. Circulation's thousand connectivities Dan-el Padilla Peralta

  • Editors

    Matthew P. Loar, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
    Matthew P. Loar is Assistant Professor in the Department of Classics and Religious Studies at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He is currently writing a book on the Cacus myth in Augustan Rome.

    Carolyn MacDonald, University of New Brunswick
    Carolyn Macdonald is Assistant Professor in the Department of Classics and Ancient History at the University of New Brunswick. She is currently writing a book on literary and visual responses to Rome's appropriation of Greek art.

    Dan-el Padilla Peralta, Princeton University, New Jersey
    Dan-el Padilla Peralta is Assistant Professor in the Department of Classics at Princeton University, New Jersey. He is currently writing a monograph on the religious world of the Middle Republic.


    Basil Dufallo, Ayelet Haimson Lushkov, Thomas Biggs, Stefano Rebeggiani, Matthew P. Loar, Marden Fitzpatrick Nichols, Jennifer Trimble, Grant Parker, Carolyn MacDonald, Amy Richlin, Carrie Fulton, Micah Myers, Megan Daniel, Dan-el Padilla Peralta

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