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By James Petitfils

the popular ethical curriculum of a Roman schooling abounded with exemplary tales of Rome's local heroes. To inculcate conceptions of virtuous management, politicians and population alike deployed exempla as rhetorical cars of the mos maiorum (way of the ancestors). James Petitfils explores Jewish and Christian participation during this frequent pedagogical perform. After surveying Roman discourse on exemplary management, the writer consults numerous texts, written in considerably Romanized environments, celebrating Jewish or Christian ancestral leaders (Josephus' Antiquities 2-4, Philo's Mosis 1-2, 1 Clement , and The Letter of the church buildings of Vienne and Lyons ). He highlights their respective appropriation, variation, and redeployment of the Roman ethical idiom on exemplary management within the merchandising of self-consciously non-Roman ancestral exempla and languages of leadership.

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