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A Civil Disturbance

Holly Haynes

in The History of Make-Believe

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2003 | ISBN: 9780520236509
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520929555 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520236509.003.0006
A Civil Disturbance

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This chapter discusses how a new perspective repressed the oxymoronic quality of make-believe that had always threatened ideological stability, and offloaded this repressed element onto another culture: Jews and Batavians. The beliefs of the Batavians—their own version of the fingere/credere dichotomy—actually present the greatest threat to Rome because of their proximity, which makes differentiation harder than in the case of the Jews.

Keywords: Tacitus; Jews; Batavians; fingere; credere

Chapter.  13439 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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