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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

Professor Maurizio Bettini: Comparing the Romans? Anthropology and Roman Culture

11th February 2009, 17:30, Room 20, Pemberton Building, Palace Green

This is the fifth lecture in the Being Human - Classical Perspectives Lecture Series.

It seems to be exceptionally difficult for us to observe the Romans with that "gaze from afar" necessary for any anthropological approach.

We are so deeply immersed in their culture that this fact, especially when we are not aware of it, creates insurmountable difficulties for comparing Roman culture to another. To look at the Romans with different eyes, requires not only a continuous awareness of our scholarly procedures, but also some special strategies: in a word, to focus primarily on the most unusual and remarkable aspects of that culture.

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