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Antony Augoustakis and Monica Cyrino

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781474407847

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474407847.001.0001

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Memories of Storied Heroes

Memories of Storied Heroes

(p.17) 1 Memories of Storied Heroes
STARZ Spartacus
Alison Futrell
Edinburgh University Press

This chapter explores how the slaves of Batiatus' ludus rebuild their individual identities by redefining categories of value and connection, gender and family, as they are stripped of their past and end up becoming a band of brothers with their own loyalties and narratives of meaning. As this chapter shows, a number of these narratives are embedded within Roman artifacts, such as the herms in Batiatus' villa or the rudis of Gannicus: for instance, the amphitheater of Capua functions as a visible expression of imperial prestige, deployed as a tool of local power that resonates all the way to the city of Rome.

Keywords:   House of Batiatus, Roman artifacts, narratives of meaning, value and connection, gender and family, individual identities

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