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Romans and Blacks (Routledge Revivals)

1st Edition

By Lloyd A. Thompson

Routledge

254 pages

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Roman literature seems to provide plenty of instances of contempt towards foreign or black individuals, but it is an untenable assumption that such distaste amounts to a racist attitude, particularly considering how elusive the definitions of ‘race’ and ‘racism’ are.

Making extensive use of developments in sociological theory and psychology, Romans and Blacks, first published in 1989, presents an innovative and illuminating picture of black-white relations in Roman society. It is argued that ‘race’ as a somatic identification that entails permanent and genetically transmitted social disabilities was absent, and that the main deference-entitling distinctions in the Roman world were socio-cultural rather than somatic. Therefore, Professor Thompson concludes, references to black skins and negroid features should be interpreted in aesthetic terms.

This wide-ranging study brings welcome clarity to the discussion of blacks in the Roman world, and is valuable for all students of race relations as well as classicists and historians.

Table of Contents

Preface; Abbreviations; Introduction 1. Review of Modern Literature 2. The Aethops Type in Roman Perceptions 3. The Evidence in its Ideological Context; Conclusion; Notes; Bibliography; Index

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS002000
HISTORY / Ancient / General
HIS002020
HISTORY / Ancient / Rome
SOC002010
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural
SOC031000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Discrimination & Race Relations