Saturday, July 07, 2012

Roman Virtues, Values & Identity III: A Farming People

 Welcome back to our series on Roman virtues and self-perception. So we've looked at how Roman self-perception was indebted tofoundation myths, then we examined how it was equally indebted to notions of warriorship and civic responsibility, no matter the cost or sacrifice. Now we're going to segue into something a little different – the Roman as a kind of farmer Joe. 

Take note of how some of the same behavioral virtues involved in military and civic life can be transferred to the Roman notion of farm life: in other words, how does the Roman as farmer compliment or enhance the more complete image of the Roman citizen that we've already seen?