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Empire of Honour: The Art of Government in the Roman World (Hansard Society Series in Politics) Hardcover – 22 May 1997


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With the excellent book here under review, Jon Lendon has refined this whole discussion. He adroitly and cogently delineates an aspect of Roman mentality ... a read, and a really important contribution. He begins to show us the precise ways in which the Romans' socially-oriented mentality affected directly, constantly, and thoroughly the gritty day-to-day business of running an empire ... If we make of Lendon's book a garden, then it is one both beautiful and luxuriant. It is, in fact, a garden that must be visited by anyone interested in understanding how the imperial Romans governed their empire. (Michael Peachin, Bryn Mawr Classical Review)

There is no doubt that Lendon describes a central feature of the way in which the inhabitants of the Roman Empire thought. (The International History Review)


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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8cdf28b8) out of 5 stars 2 reviews
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HASH(0x8cc14e1c) out of 5 stars Fabulous coruscating prose; fascinating premise 18 Jun. 2002
By Katya Reimann - Published on Amazon.com
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In the 21st century, the culture of the aristocrat is largely a faded memory, and noble values--such as "honor" are largely viewed with suspicion as having fallen into disregard. This book is a serious attempt to reimagine Rome's alien culture, and to refine and revive conceptions of honor as people now dead 2000 years regarded it.
Unrepentantly a book for experts, yet written with a verve and sheer joy in language that makes it accessible to the more casual reader. As Lendon begins: "On what was to be the last day of his life, the Emperor Nero awoke to find that the palace sentries had abandoned their posts." The reader is--on some level at least <g>--in for a wild and glorious ride from that point forward!
Whether the author himself would appreciate this or not, this book would do well in the library of the fantasy role-playing expert, looking to build a convincing scenario around a "Gladiator" style setting!
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HASH(0x8d152768) out of 5 stars Now I Finally Understand All Those Pompous Roman Letters 29 Mar. 2010
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This is a fascinating book about the ways in which status, recognition, and the conferral of distinctions were used to govern the Roman empire and a compelling explanation of such methods' genesis in Greco-Roman culture. It assumes a high degree of familiarity with Roman history, but complete familiarity with the book's historical references is not necessary to appreciate the basic argument being made. Also, for the first time for me, this book makes sense of a great deal of the seemingly gassy Roman letters and inscriptions praising various people.
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