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Author Langlands, Rebecca, author

Title Exemplary ethics in ancient Rome / Rebecca Langlands
Published Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2018
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Contents Roman values and the archetypal exemplum -- The special capacity of exemplary stories -- Exploitation, participation and the social function exempla -- The experience of learning from exempla -- Multiplicity, breadth, diversity and situational sensitivity in exemplary ethics -- Working consensus around Roman exempla -- Indeterminacy of exempla : interpretation, motivation and improvisation -- Sites of exemplarity : referentiality, memory, orality -- The dynamics of cultural memory : forgetting, rupture, contestation -- Changing sites of exemplarity : two case studies -- Diachronic overview of the exemplary terrain -- Controversial thinking through exempla -- Philosophical and literary adventures in the exemplary terrain
Summary "The well-known mythographer Marina Warner has described the process of reading fairy tales and folktales as 'tasting the dragon's blood' - a magical and transformative process by which one's ears are opened to the voices of the past and of other worlds. Roman exempla, which constitute a national story-telling tradition, are very different in many ways from the dream-like fantasies of fairy-tales and other narrative folk traditions that have been the subject of Warner's studies. In (supposedly) true stories from history, battle-hardened warriors, noble maidens and honourable sons of the soil face impossible dangers, take terrible decisions and sacrifice their lives, their limbs and even their own children for the sake of justice, discipline and the Roman community. Yet for the ancient Romans too, hearing the blood-soaked stories of their ancestral heroes was an intimate and potent experience, and this 'taste of the hero's blood' had an intoxicating effect similar to the blood of Warner's dragon: evoking other worlds, shaping understanding of their own world"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and indexes
Notes Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed August 30, 2018)
Subject Ethics -- Rome.
Ethics, Ancient.
Genre/Form Exempla.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1108616585 (electronic bk.)
9781108616584 (electronic bk.)