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Amicitia in Plautus: A Study of Roman Friendship Processes


Burton, PJ, Amicitia in Plautus: A Study of Roman Friendship Processes, American Journal of Philology, 125, (2) pp. 209-243. ISSN 0002-9475 (2004) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1353/ajp.2004.0016


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 Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Literary studies
Research Field:Latin and classical Greek literature
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Understanding past societies
Objective Field:Understanding past societies not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Burton, PJ (Dr Paul Burton)
ID Code:31009
Year Published:2004
Web of Science® Times Cited:13
Deposited By:History and Classics
Deposited On:2004-08-01
Last Modified:2009-06-15

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