New PDF release: Leisured Resistance: Villas, Literature and Politics in the

By Michael Dewar

Leisured Resistance examines the various ways that cultured Roman aristocrats, of very various classes, used their kingdom estates as a political and literary device. whereas for a few the villas have been retreats within which to compose literature and to flee from politics, others tailored this comparable culture of cultured otium (or planned retirement from daily politics) to give radical and competing visions of society and literature alike.
Examining in-depth resources from either prose and verse from the time of Cicero to the final centuries of the Roman Empire within the west, the identify demonstrates how the normal snapshot of the Roman aristocrat on his nation property was once politically and socially very versatile: permitting authors, as instances and situations replaced, to provide themselves or their buyers and buddies as being in retreat from politics, or on the other hand, as offering a spotlight for political competition throughout the planned embracing of cultural values and faculties of philosophy that provided resistance to winning political orthodoxy.
The identify ends through exploring how this practice was once tailored within the drastically replaced international of the barbarian-ruled kingdoms that changed direct Roman rule in Gaul within the 5th and 6th centuries.

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