By Sarah Bond

Trade and Taboo addresses the felony, literary, social, and institutional production of disrepute in historical Roman society. monitoring the moving program of stigmas of disrepute among the Republic and overdue Antiquity, it follows specific teams of professionals—funeral staff, criers, tanners, mint staff, or even bakers—asking how they coped with stigmatization.

In this e-book, Sarah E. Bond finds the development and motivations for those attitudes, and to teach how they created inequalities, proficient associations, and adjusted through the years. also, she exhibits how political and cultural shifts mutated those taboos, reshaping fiscal markets and changing the prestige of pros at paintings inside those markets.

Bond investigates criminal stigmas within the kind of infamia and different marks of criminal disrepute. She expands on anthropological theories of toxins, heavily learning people who usually got here into touch with corpses and different polluting fabrics, and contemplating communique and community formation during the disrepute connected to city criers, or praecones. rules of disgust and the language of invective are introduced ahead tanners. The booklet closes with an exploration of caste-like structures created within the later Roman Empire. jointly, those pros are eloquent approximately economies and adjustments skilled inside of Roman society among forty five BCE and 565 CE.

Trade and Taboo will curiosity these learning Roman society, problems with historiographical process, and the subject of taboo in preindustrial cultures.


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