Violence in Roman Social Relations

Garrett G. Fagan

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

Violence in Roman Social Relations

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This article studies the violence that occurred in some Roman social relations. It shows that violence ruined some social relations among the Romans more than it did others. The Roman elite did not condone violence as a mode of interaction among peers. However, the elite felt that it was completely normal to treat their slaves violently, in order to emphasize their status and authority. The article concludes that Roman social relations were not governed by brutality and violence, and that it was hardly used to resolve interpersonal conflicts.

Keywords: violence; social relations; slaves; brutality; interpersonal conflicts

Article.  14072 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; Ancient Roman History

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