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By C. J. Smith

The gens, a key social formation in archaic Rome, has given upward thrust to substantial interpretative difficulties for contemporary scholarship. during this accomplished exploration of the topic, Professor Smith examines the mismatch among the traditional facts and smooth interpretative types encouraged via social anthropology and political thought. He bargains a close comparability of the gens with the Attic genos and illustrates, for the 1st time, how fresh adjustments within the means we comprehend the genos may perhaps influence upon our figuring out of Roman background. He develops an idea of the gens in the interlocking communal associations of early Rome, which touches on questions of land possession, struggle and the patriciate, earlier than delivering an evidence of the function of the gens and the half it may play in glossy political thought. this important paintings makes an incredible contribution not just to the examine of archaic Rome, but additionally to the background of ideas.

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