Elite Self-Representation in Rome

Harriet I. Flower

in The Oxford Handbook of Social Relations in the Roman World

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780195188004
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Classics and Ancient History

Elite Self-Representation in Rome

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This article is concerned with the elite self-representation in Rome. The discussion shows that it was the educated and wealthy that had the resources and time to produce creative works that highlighted their achievements and values. It also notes that most of the citizens were unable to leave any of their own records, which means that the current understanding of Rome and its people is a partial and biased one. The article also examines the nature of these elite self-representations within the cultural context of ancient society.

Keywords: self-representation; Roman elite; nature; cultural context; creative works; current understanding; bias

Article.  7120 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; Ancient Roman History

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