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MORENO, Agustín. Ethnic stereotypes in Ab urbe condita: a state of the matter. Nova tellus [online]. 2022, vol.40, n.1, pp.109-136.  Epub Apr 08, 2022. ISSN 0185-3058.

This paper proposes a state of the matter on the scholarship about ethnic stereotypes in Ab urbe condita from the classic work by Walsh written in 1961 to nowadays. With this goal in mind, the paper is divided in five parts. The first part shows how the analyses of the subject matter became more complex as the ethnographic tradition with which Livy dealt, as well as the Roman identity and the notion itself of stereotype became an issue. In the second part, this article criticizes binary conceptions of otherness and suggests a wider gradation of it. The third part deals with some interesting observations made by Moore in 1989 that were later disregarded. In the fourth, it reviews Levene’s suggestion based on ethnic identity studies that we should look for a non-Romancentric view within Livy’s work. Finally, it studies the relevance of considering three kinds of contexts —the genre of the work, episodic and temporal frameworks— while analyzing the ethnic stereotypes in Ab urbe condita.

Keywords : Livy; ethnic stereotypes; Roman historiography; Romanocentrism; Greco-Roman ethnographic tradition.

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