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Roman Honor: The Fire in the Bones 0th Edition
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And yet it works. First, Barton has a wonderful command of Latin -- she would be a terrific, if idiosyncratic, translator. I have rarely read an author more comfortable with her sources. Second (and related), she can tease out what the Roman writers are getting at behind what they say. Third, she offers a wonderfully fresh view of the Romans as passionate, insecure, and rather histrionic creatures, far removed from the stoic supermen idolized by Livy and Cato. Of course Barton probably overstates her case and at times simply gets it wrong. But what is important about this book is her demonstration that the traditional view of the Romans not only needs revision but is sometimes 180 degrees off. One cannot help but wonder who Barton is (and, frankly, why we haven't heard more about her). Even if the book lacks focus and does not come to a conclusion (or rather coes to about 20 of them), her eclectic style of analysis is worth 50 more "responsible" monographs. I want to hear more from her.