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The History of Make-BelieveTacitus on Imperial Rome$
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Holly Haynes

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780520236509

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520236509.001.0001

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A Civil Disturbance

A Civil Disturbance

The Batavian Revolts

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The History of Make-Believe

Holly Haynes

University of California Press

This chapter discusses how a new perspective repressed the oxymoronic quality of make-believe that had always threatened ideological stability, and offloaded this repressed element onto another culture: Jews and Batavians. The beliefs of the Batavians—their own version of the fingere/credere dichotomy—actually present the greatest threat to Rome because of their proximity, which makes differentiation harder than in the case of the Jews.

Keywords:   Tacitus, Jews, Batavians, fingere, credere

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