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celts and romans
Date: Tue, 29 Sep 1992
From: "Daniel P. Tompkins"
Subject: Celts & Romans

I'm putting together a course proposal on racial attitudes and racial formation in the ancient world. I've spent a good bit of time on the Greek part, but am less up on the Roman material. I'd like to do a bit on Roman attitudes to the Celts, and wonder if anyone can recommend good readings on this. I'd also be interested in comments folks might have on Lloyd Thompson, Romans and Blacks. Esp., for instance, I'd like to know if anyone's seen good reviews in non-classical journals (sociology, etc.). I'd be grateful for any guidance. I'm finding this a wonderfully rich and stimulating topic--there's a lot to do in this area.

Date: Wed, 30 Sep 1992
From: James EG Zetzel
Subject: Re: Celts & Romans

I don't know anything about Romans and Celts, but G.F.Franko, now teaching at Randolph-Macon, completed his dissertation here last year on the portrayal of Rome's enemies in Plautus, specifically Carthaginians and Aetolians, and he had a good deal of material about ethnic characterization. He's giving a paper at the APA on the difference in meaning between *Poenus* and *Carthaginiensis*.

Date: Wed, 30 Sep 1992
From: Owen Cramer
Subject: RE: Celts & Romans

The attitude of Julius Caesar, B. G. 1.1 and 6.11ff., I remember came as quite a surprise to me when I got to teaching Caesar some years back: there seemed to me to be a subtext about parallels between Roman and Gallic society, with no advantage to the Romans (a noble savage theory: more texts in Lovejoy-Boas, _Primitivism and Related Ideas_). Of course, also Tacitus' Agricola. Also, the Dying Gauls group and how it got from Pergamum to Rome and what that means.

Date: Wed, 30 Sep 1992
From: "William J. Dominik"
Subject: Re: Celts & Romans

Concerning your enquiry about material on Romans attitudes toward blacks, etc. Lloyed Thompson is very approachable. He was going to attend the Roman Studies Conference held here in Natal, South Africa in July but in the end was unable to attend. However, he has contributed a paper entitled `Roman Perceptions of Blacks' which will appear in Scholia ns vol. 2 (a South African Classics journal) late next year. You do know that he published the award-winning text `Romans and Blacks'.

Date: Wed, 30 Sep 1992
From: Don Lateiner
Subject: Re: Celts & Romans

Not alot to offer right here. Gerhard Herm has a book on the Celts that might offer more from that side. Sherwin-White, Racial Prejudice in the Roman Empire, has a section on the Celts. R. Syme, Colonial Elites, has a section on the Romans in Spain that might be illuminating. Does Holland have a book on Cisalpine Gaul? I know there is much more out there, including two books recently on the Romans in Gaul, but I can't recall the titles.

Date: Thu, 1 Oct 1992
From: David Meadows
Subject: Re: Celts & Romans

As G. Herm's book, `The Celts' has already been mentioned, it might be worth- while to note that it is written, it seems, for a popular audience and as such, is utterly devoid of notes and references, which can be annoying. Another useful work, which I don't think has been mentioned (unless it happened during an accidental mass delete I performed), is the old stand by, J.P.V.D. Balsdon `Romans and Aliens'. Although it has precious little to say specifically about the Celts, other groups are dealt with and it has useful notes and bibliographies. Fergus Millar, `The Roman Empire and Its Neighbours' (hurrah for the Queen's English), also has some useful stuff, but you have to hunt for it.

Date: Fri, 2 Oct 1992
From: Mark Riley
Subject: Re: Celts & Romans

A Momigliano "Alien Wisdom" has some passages on the Grrek and Roman interest in the Celts.
Culled from classics.log9210 and classics.log9209.
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