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Staging the World

Ida Östenberg

in Staging the World

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9780199215973
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191706851 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199215973.003.0005

Series: Oxford Studies in Ancient Culture & Representation

Staging the World

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This final chapter brings together important conclusions and interprets them in their processional, ideological, and historical context. A prime point is that Rome defined herself by exposing the defeated as contrasts, in order to set, in negative terms, ideal concepts of and normative limits to its own society. To separate Romans from others, the triumphal performance required a fixed and easily legible role-playing, and a series of visual codes were employed to distinguish the two from each other in the parade. The defeated too were displayed in categories, and it is argued that categorization was an important tool in presenting the world to Rome. Some central themes in the display of the defeated are discussed: the embracement of foreign wealth, the triumph of civilization over wild Nature and the barbarians, the defeat of (particularly eastern) royalty, and the parading of worldwide hegemony.

Keywords: Rome; triumph; visual codes; wealth; civilization; nature; barbarians; royalty; hegemony

Chapter.  14358 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Classical History

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