Re: [Roman_History_Books] Check out this post: How thuggish were the Romans?
- I then sent my reply to your email, or thought I did
and it came to me, so I am lost. If you already have
the following forget it.The Roman ethos was founded on
piety. In its original sense, piety, was doing what
the head (or father) of the family ordered. As head
priest of the family, the father learned the rituals
for appeasing the spirits who made all things work or
not work. Following the rituals was the correct way
to do things. Piety was following the father's
without diviation. Roman culture was a manifestation
of piety as a society of farmer warriors. A triumph
was the ultimate recognition of piety, but as all
things are in constant change, the ritual of a triumph
was affected by myriad of interpretations. Along the
way, some participants were thuggish, but by the end
of the Republic, most Romans had no idea of the
original intent of any ritual. To judge them as thugs
by our value system is to reason unjustly. Putting on
a good show in a show is a whole different ball of
wax. The first gladiatorial shows were funereal
affairs. Politics and elections skewed the show to a
business. Human behavior demanded the next act be
more interesting than the last and had more to do with
how the participants acted than their cultural morays.
--- Richard Dorsey <drdadv@...> wrote:
> Irene, I attempted to post a reply, but was rejectedhttp://timesonline.typepad.com/dons_life/2007/05/how_thuggish_we.html
> for lack of an URL? R. Dorsey
> --- Irene Hahn <irenesbooks@...> wrote:
> > I thought you might be interested in this post
> > the Times Online. Go to
> > "How thuggish were the Romans?"
> > Worth reading, IMO.
> > Irene
> > [Non-text portions of this message have been
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