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Amicitia In Plautus: A Study of Roman Friendship Processes

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Burton, P (2004) Amicitia In Plautus: A Study of Roman Friendship Processes. American Journal of Philology, 125 (2). pp. 209-243. ISSN 1086-3168

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Abstract

Abstract. This article argues that a close reading of friendship practices in the plays of Plautus, in light of the relevant social science and anthropological literature on friendship, can help us establish the parameters, discourse, and behaviors associated with Roman friendship. Application of a new analytical framework for studying such relationships in ancient literature (a “processual model of friendship interaction”) to the plays of Plautus increases our understanding of Roman amicitia in that it marks the relationship as a precious and all too rare social bond, fraught with paradox and ambivalence, and generative of tensions, anxieties, and asymmetries.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: American Journal of Philology
Page Range: pp. 209-243
ISSN: 1086-3168
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2007 04:20
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:24
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/2405
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