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Brilliant, original and challenging, this book is a triumph in itself.

From the first (uncertain) moment when Romans came to think of triumph as a bundle of victory rites that could be repeatedly improved upon, generals fought and lobbied for their moment in the limelight. Enemies, rivals and spectators could not resist being drawn into the show. Beard's "Roman Triumph" will exercise a similar fascination on its readers.--Greg Woolf"The Guardian" (12/22/2007)

Beautifully written, brilliantly insightful, this book is highly recommended to all those Romanists, professional and amateur, excavators and tourists, who want to get under the skin of the empire-builders of ancient Rome.--Neil Faulkner"Current Archaeology" (02/01/2008)

[Beard] is immensely knowledgeable, and lays forth one of the paradoxes of history (and not only ancient history, one may add). This is that the more we know, the less certain we can be of anything...This is a fascinating book which offers another paradox. By showing how much that we thought we knew is uncertain, Mary Beard teaches us far more than any confident account of the triumphal ceremony ever could.--Allan Massie"Literary Review" (11/01/2007)

Conjectures and conclusions grow from and around the "triumphus" like kudzu. It takes the mighty vorpal sword of Mary Beard to clear a path through this jabberwocky jungle, snicker-snack. She stands in the great tradition of myth-puncturing Latin classicists--scholars like Richard Bentley, Basil Gildersleeve. A. E. Housman. or Ronald Syme--when she points out that almost all the established views on the triumph are dubious or plain wrong...Her prose, for all its learning, is jaunty. Her book is, in short, a triumph.--Garry Wills"New York Review of Books" (12/20/2007)

A book that manages to be simultaneously both brilliantly subtle and splendidly swaggering. Throughout it, [Beard] subjects our sources for the Roman triumph to merciless dissection, exposing with a pathologist's scalpel how beneath all its outward sheen there lurked profound insecurities and ambivalences...[It] can be enjoyed by readers far beyond the purlieus of classics departments...A book that is, in every sense of that complex word, a triumph.--Tom Holland"Sunday Times" (11/11/2007)

At every turn Beard happily strips away misconceptions and hypotheses, emphasizing the fragility of the facts...It's hard to imagine a more perceptive and questioning study of a central cultural practice that lasted into the Christian era, and was constantly being subverted, extended, and absorbed into representations of empire and even of divinity.--Helen Meany"Irish Times" (11/17/2007)

Thorough, minutely detailed and closely argued...[Beard's] account certainly brings us closer to the complex and fascinating reality than any Rome according to MGM or Paramount.--Christopher Hart"Independent on Sunday" (11/18/2007)

This rich and provocative book offers such a full account of what it means to call ancient Rome "a triumphal culture."--William Fitzgerald"Times Literary Supplement" (12/07/2007)

[An] arresting and highly readable new book...A highly amusing as well as illuminating read...Overall, Beard is giving us a lesson in how to understand and study ritual. Its early students (not least Frazer, one of the founders of modern anthropology, in "The Golden Bough"), saw it as a strait-jacket, constraining behavior within tightly defined parameters. This book gives us the Roman triumph as a case study in the lessons of more recent anthropology. Parameters are broad: malleable enough for ritual to be used to attempt to justify behavior, and not just to dictate it...Instead of unchanging ritual, Beard gives us a world of invented precedent and "convenient amnesia," of substantial success but also manifold failure as individual Roman generals attempted to mold general practice to their own--usually political--purposes.--Peter Heather"BBC History Magazine" (12/01/2007)

How much do we really know about Rome's supreme honor, and how much is myth and invention? Not much and quite a lot, it turns out. Beard's brilliant analysis locates the ritual in the shifting political, social and martial worlds of Rome. Illuminating moments abound.--Marc Lambert"Scotland on Sunday" (01/06/2008)

In "The Roman Triumph", many cherished assumptions are robustly interrogated or put to the sword...Beard takes us on a dizzying trip back and forth across triumphs and centuries (Pompey, Romulus, Nero, Augustus). Only after she has unpicked accounts of Pompey's triumph, and reflected on captives, spoils, rules and ritual, does she pause briefly to end at origins...Simultaneously a re-evaluation of the triumph, of Roman culture more broadly, and of the problems of scholarship on ancient societies, this is an ambitious project.--Maria Wyke"The Independent" (12/14/2007)

So you thought you knew about the Roman Triumph? Conventional wisdom states that triumphant generals in Rome painted their faces red. They rode in a chariot with a slave who whispered to them: "Remember that you are a man." For that one day, they impersonated the king of the gods, Jupiter Best and Greatest, wearing his costume, consisting of a purple toga and a tunic decorated with a palm-leaf pattern, a laurel wreath and other accessories...If you thought you knew some or all of these facts, Mary Beard's excellent book will prove you wrong...It makes healthily astringent (as well as fascinating) reading...The book can be heartily recommended.--Jonathan Powell"Times Higher Education Supplement" (01/04/2008)

This is no ordinary history. It is not a reconstruction but a deconstruction, a virtuoso display of how to interrogate one's sources. Not only that, it is written with sly subtlety, delightful humor and an agreeable absence of jargon.--Christian Tyler"Financial Times" (01/12/2008)

Beard's approach to the triumph is"uncomfortably subversive," as she labels a quip of Seneca at the start of her study...Beard shows us throughout her study that, as the old clich? aptly puts it, the triumph is still good to think with and also "good to think about." Her book is as much about doing ancient history as reconstructing the history of an ancientceremony, and perhaps more about writing and the writing of an account of The Roman Triumph than actually writing the account itself..I found this an eminently readable and hugely entertaining book in which Beard enthusiastically conveys her commitment to reviewing the evidence for the triumph.--Robert Tatam "Journal of Classics Teaching "

This book gives a bracing lesson in the use and abuse of evidence, as Beard teases apart the various bits and pieces that have gone to make up the conglomerate picture of the timeless essence of the triumph. In the process, she unpicks many of our basic assumptions about those quintessentially Roman characteristics we normally see embodied in it. The triumph and its reception here become fractals of Roman culture--and of the way Roman culture is studied...Illuminating perspectives [are] offered throughout the book...This learned and spirited book could have been no more than an exercise is debunking and dismantling. Beard enjoys debunking and dismantling, and does it with panache, but her unpicking of the evidence and her demolition of the consensus is not meant to create an epistemological no-man's-land; she wants to highlight the rewarding difficulty of the project of history, not its impossibility. There are things to be known about the past, and there are things to be known about how we come to know them. Beard stages her own show, demonstrating by practice, and in the process has given us a piece of scholarship that has lessons to teach anyone engaged in the study of the past.--Denis Feeney"London Review of Books" (02/21/2008)

[This] book succeeds as a case study in ancient history, but also as an implicit invitation to reconsider representations of victory and loss in our own culture. Beard ranges among literary, historiographical, artistic, architectural, numismatic, epigraphical, and archaeological sources with impressive ease and fluency, showing that the preoccupation with triumph haunts all these different fields of Roman cultural life--from Ovid's cheeky claim that triumphal processions can be good for picking up girls, and his presentation of himself as the victim of Cupid's triumphal chariot, to the many triumphal arches that the triumphalist Romans erected, which Beard reads as attempts to construct a permanent memorial from an essentially fleeting parade...Beard brilliantly shows that most of this story about the typical Roman triumph is a scholarly or literary fabrication, supported by very slender evidence, or by none at all; or it is a reconstruction based on evidence from authors in widely different time periods, each of whom has his own axe to grind...The demolition work is the most obvious accomplishment of her book.--Emily Wilson"New Republic" (06/11/2008)

Beard's approach to the triumph is "uncomfortably subversive," as she labels a quip of Seneca at the start of her study...Beard shows us throughout her study that, as the old clich? aptly puts it, the triumph is still good to think with and also "good to think about." Her book is as much about doing ancient history as reconstructing the history of an ancient ceremony, and perhaps more about writing and the writing of an account of The Roman Triumph than actually writing the account itself..I found this an eminently readable and hugely entertaining book in which Beard enthusiastically conveys her commitment to reviewing the evidence for the triumph.--Robert Tatam "Journal of Classics Teaching "

In this highly individual book Mary Beard plays havoc with conventional ideas about the Roman triumph, while at the same time scrupulously presenting the evidence with which we can make up our own minds. It is the most important statement to date by a major historian of Roman culture.--William V. Harris, Shepherd Professor of History, Columbia University

Occasionally one comes across a work of history which lights up a whole era as if by a lightning flash. Mary Beard's new book falls into this rare category. By focusing on the specific ritual of the triumph, she brilliantly illuminates the Roman world in all its aspects military and political, social and literary, religious and geographical and also reminds us how much of our own language and culture of success is drawn from this gaudy and often bloody spectacle.--Robert Harris, author of "Imperium""

In "The Roman Triumph," many cherished assumptions are robustly interrogated or put to the sword...Beard takes us on a dizzying trip back and forth across triumphs and centuries (Pompey, Romulus, Nero, Augustus). Only after she has unpicked accounts of Pompey's triumph, and reflected on captives, spoils, rules and ritual, does she pause briefly to end at origins...Simultaneously a re-evaluation of the triumph, of Roman culture more broadly, and of the problems of scholarship on ancient societies, this is an ambitious project.--Maria Wyke"The Independent" (12/14/2007)

Beard s approach to the triumph is uncomfortably subversive, as she labels a quip of Seneca at the start of her study...Beard shows us throughout her study that, as the old cliche aptly puts it, the triumph is still good to think with and also good to think about. Her book is as much about doing ancient history as reconstructing the history of an ancient ceremony, and perhaps more about writing and the writing of an account of The Roman Triumph than actually writing the account itself..I found this an eminently readable and hugely entertaining book in which Beard enthusiastically conveys her commitment to reviewing the evidence for the triumph.--Robert Tatam "Journal of Classics Teaching ""

Synopsis

It followed every major military victory in ancient Rome: the successful general drove through the streets to the temple of Jupiter on the Capitoline Hill; behind him streamed his raucous soldiers; in front were his most glamorous prisoners, as well as the booty he'd captured, from enemy ships and precious statues to plants and animals from the conquered territory. Occasionally there was so much on display that the show lasted two or three days.A radical re-examination of this most extraordinary of ancient ceremonies, this book explores the magnificence of the Roman triumph - but also its darker side. What did it mean when the axle broke under Julius Caesar's chariot? Or when Pompey's elephants got stuck trying to squeeze through an arch? Or when exotic or pathetic prisoners stole the general's show? And what are the implications of the Roman triumph, as a celebration of imperialism and military might, for questions about military power and "victory" in our own day? The triumph, Mary Beard contends, prompted the Romans to question as well as celebrate military glory.Her richly illustrated work is a testament to the profound importance of the triumph in Roman culture - and for monarchs, dynasts and generals ever since.

But how can we re-create the ceremony as it was celebrated in Rome? How can we piece together its elusive traces in art and literature? Beard addresses these questions, opening a window on the intriguing process of sifting through and making sense of what constitutes "history." -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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HASH(0x9df7e378) von 5 Sternen praise for Beard's newest contribution 14. Dezember 2007
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This book more than fulfills expectations. It is a much needed correction to earlier studies of the triumph. B. calls into question much that has been considered factual knowledge about the triumph by showing the inconsistencies and scarcity of the ancient evidence. A must read for everyone interested in the topic. B. has also gone to great lengths to make the text accessible to a non-scholarly audience, while maintaining high expectations of that audience's willingness to think critically about problems of historical research.
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HASH(0x9dc68570) von 5 Sternen Well written book about a fascinating subject 8. Oktober 2008
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When a Roman general won a great victory the Senate would frequently vote for him to be given a triumph. The Roman triumph was Rome at its most glorious, according to many. It was mostly "about display and success" (p 31). The entire city seemed to shut down to watch the gaudy parade; work was suspended, songs were sung, and everyone came to cheer on the victors.

Imagine seeing Pompey's booty carried through the streets, the beaks of wrecked pirate ships, the gold and plunder, and the beaten captives, now in chains. Floats were popular. Tacitus mentions "replicas of mountains, of rivers, and of battles" (p 109). In case anyone in the crowd wasn't aware of what happened, actors were hired to perform the roles of the soldiers.

It appears that nearly every general and politician and Rome longed to have a triumph.

The defeated were so horrified at the thought of the display and ignominy that we know of quite a number who preferred suicide to participating in a triumph. Famously, of course, Cleopatra, but also Mithradates and Virrius. "When defeat appeared inevitable, Virrius persuaded some twenty seven of the Capuan senate to join him in drinking poison" (p 116).

Those captives who were made to walk through the streets in a Roman triumph to the jeers of the mob had little future happiness in store later. Many were slain. Some, like the defeated Jews driven to Rome after the end of the war in 70 AD, ended up as slaves who helped to build Vespasian's coliseum.

For anyone with an interest in Roman history, this is a book to savor.
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HASH(0x9df10630) von 5 Sternen Well Written and Thoughtful 28. November 2007
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Ms. Beard possesses such command of the subject and immense erudition that she can pull off an enjoyable and well-written book on a specialized topic.

Of particular value are Ms. Beard's insights into the process by which scholars - from antiquity to today -- have established "facts" of Roman History, and their fragile (if not inaccurate) basis.

This is highly recommended for anyone with an interest in the history of Rome or Roman History.
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HASH(0x9e185558) von 5 Sternen An approachable historian! 18. Januar 2008
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Not all history books are written to be read by those of us who are not academics. When Mary Beard takes on a subject matter, all that changes and history not only comes alive, it becomes clear and enjoyable. Thank you, Ms. Beard. This book has, of course, led to me looking for related subjects of the Roman Empire, as well the as the Republic.
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The Roman Triumph. Author: Mary Beard. 448 pages. 2007.

I picked this book up at the library while I was browsing for another title. It proved to be an interesting read.

The book is not a definitive treatise on what a Roman Triumph would have looked like. Rather this book is a survey of all research related to the topic of the Roman Triumph. The author choose not to provide a word picture of a triumph or to take a stand on what a triumph was, how it operated, its origins, or its meanings and purpose.

What you get is a survey of theories and scholarship about the origins, the route, the parade order, the meaning, the history, and the legacy of the Roman Triumph. Some of these theories raise more questions than they answer and in a sense it is up to the reader, provided with the information, to make up their own mind.

What I found especially interesting was the history of the Triumph. How what we know about the Triumph has been shaped by historians. Much of what we know as history is either political/cultural propaganda or revisionist history. In a sense it was very Orwellian with the historian using the present to project into the past as a justification for what is present. This use of history was on going through both the Republic and the Empire and clouds our understanding of what a Triumph was and how it worked. This revisionism also clouds our understanding behind the meaning or reason for a Triumph.

The meaning of the Triumph is one of the more interesting fields of inquiry. The meaning is every thing from a raucous homecoming celebration much akin in spirit to mummery, to a solemn religious ritual of atonement for blood shed, to a political act of affirmation and many things in between.

The book proved thought provoking and I will never think of a triumph in quite the same manner. It calls in to question how I experience and view parades and processions of all types.

The book did have some drawbacks. The author had the academic tendency of constantly saying "as we will see in Chapter or later on" and other such habits of the academy. All told a book which provokes more questions then it answers and that was I think its intent.
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