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Life before Liberality: Plautus and Terence

Neil Coffee

in Gift and Gain: How Money Transformed Ancient Rome

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780190496432
eISBN:
9780190496456
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190496432.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter compares the perspectives on gift and commerce presented by two comic playwrights, Plautus, writing at the beginning of the middle Republic, and Terence, writing toward the end of the ... More


Prying Worlds Apart: The Augustan Response

Neil Coffee

in Gift and Gain: How Money Transformed Ancient Rome

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780190496432
eISBN:
9780190496456
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190496432.003.0013
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter examines how Augustus and his contemporaries responded to the breakdown of gift culture in the late Republic. Augustus passed a series of legal measures to support gift relationships, in ... More


Halfway to Modernity

Neil Coffee

in Gift and Gain: How Money Transformed Ancient Rome

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780190496432
eISBN:
9780190496456
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190496432.003.0015
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter summarizes the argument for the historical decline in Roman gift culture due to increasing commodity culture, drawing together the various strands of evidence. Cross-culturally, it ... More


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