Hostages and Hostage-Taking in the Roman Empire

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This book examines hostage-taking in ancient Rome, which was a standard practice of international diplomacy. Hundreds of foreign hostages, typically adolescents, were detained as the empire grew in the Republic and early Principate. As prominent figures at the center of diplomacy and as 'exotic' representatives of the outside world, they drew considerable attention in Roman literature and other artistic media. Our sources discuss hostages in terms of the geopolitics that motivated their detention, as well as in accordance ...

Hostages and Hostage-Taking in the Roman Empire 2010, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

ISBN-13: 9780521174206

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Hostages and Hostage-Taking in the Roman Empire 2006, Cambridge University Press, New York

ISBN-13: 9780521861830

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