Princeton, N.J. Princeton University Press, 1996. Soft cover. 8vo. Near Fine. Item #003116
Third printing, and first paperback printing. , 210 p.p. Two B&W photos. Slight bumping and curling to corners, else a fine copy. This inquiry into the collective psychology of the ancient Romans speaks not about military conquest, sober law, and practical politics, but about the extremes of dispair, desire, and envy. To probe the tensions of the Roman world in the period from the first century B.C.E. through the first two centuries C.E., Barton picks two images: the gladiator and the "monster."