By Clifford Ando
In a diffusion of his 2012 Robson Classical Lectures, Clifford Ando examines the relationship among the character of the Latin language and Roman wondering legislations, society, and empire. Drawing on leading edge paintings in cognitive linguistics and anthropology, Roman Social Imaginaries considers how metaphor, metonymy, analogy, and ideation helped create the buildings of notion that formed the Roman Empire as a political construct.
Beginning in early Roman heritage, Ando indicates how the growth of the empire into new territories led the Romans to increase and take advantage of Latin’s outstanding capability for abstraction. during this approach, legislation and associations invented to be used in one Mediterranean city-state may be deployed throughout a remarkably heterogeneous empire.
Lucid, insightful, and cutting edge, the essays in Roman Social Imaginaries represent a few of today’s most unique pondering the ability of language within the historic world.