englischThere is often amazement at how a culture that seems familiar can upend our expectations. This volume offers 18 studies on characteristic peculiarities of Rome. A first group is devoted to the concept of text and literature, such as the relationship between image and text or literature and reality. A second group is devoted to the way in which the cultural change brought about by the reception of Greek culture is dealt with. A third group deals with central discourses on a ‘good life’, including time, justice and freedom, with regard to both individual and political and social orders. All the contributions seek to explain specific traits from Roman culture’s own categories.