By Thomas Grunewald

This wide-ranging and informative survey of 'outsider' teams within the Roman Empire will give a contribution significantly to our knowing of Roman social history.

Examining males resembling as Viriatus, Tacfarinus, Maternus and Bulla Felix, who have been referred to as latrones after clashing with the imperial experts, detailed recognition is given to probably the best-known 'bandit' of all, Spartacus, and to people who impersonated the emperor Nero after his loss of life. themes coated include:

* Whom did the Romans see as bandits (latrones)?
* What did they comprehend as theft (lactrocinium)?
* How urgent used to be the hazard that the bandits posed?
* How did their contemporaries understand the danger?

We are proven that the time period latrones was not only used to consult criminals yet used to be metaphorically and disparagingly utilized to failed political rebels, competitors and avengers. The observe additionally got here to symbolize the 'noble brigands', idealising the underdog as a way of criticising the profitable facet. the writer for that reason provides 'the bandit' as a literary build instead of a social type.

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