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dc.contributor.authorSeeger, Ryan Michael
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-04T22:00:06Z
dc.date.available2014-03-04T22:00:06Z
dc.date.issued2002-08
dc.identifier.otherseeger_ryan_m_200208_ma
dc.identifier.urihttp://purl.galileo.usg.edu/uga_etd/seeger_ryan_m_200208_ma
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10724/29308
dc.description.abstractThe purpose of the study is to examine how Tacitus constructs ethnic stereotypes, namely those of the Romans and of the barbarians, in his battle narratives. The first section of the study explores his descriptions of technical aspects of the battle narrative, such as topography, use of weaponry, battle formations, and sieges. The second section examines the value judgments that Tacitus makes about the combatants and their actions, discussing the themes of discipline and virtus, as well as the leaders’ ability to lead by example and stifle dissent. In his descriptions of both the technical and the “moral” aspects of battle, Tacitus shapes his Romans quite differently from his barbarians. Tacitus constructs identities in his battle narratives possibly to satisfy his audience’s expectations or to make the scenes more understandable. Such constructions indicate that ethnocentrism plays an important role in Latin historiography, revealing racial prejudice in Roman society.
dc.languageRomans and barbarians in Tacitus' battle narratives
dc.publisheruga
dc.rightspublic
dc.subjectTacitus
dc.subjectbattle narratives
dc.subjectRoman army
dc.subjectbarbarians
dc.subjectethnicity.
dc.titleRomans and barbarians in Tacitus' battle narratives
dc.typeThesis
dc.description.degreeMA
dc.description.departmentClassics
dc.description.majorLatin
dc.description.advisorSusan Mattern-Parkes
dc.description.committeeSusan Mattern-Parkes
dc.description.committeeJames Anderson
dc.description.committeeErika Thorgerson-Hermanowicz


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