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Theatre of Acculturation: The Roman Ghetto in the Sixteenth Century
Generations of tourists visiting Rome have ventured into the small section between the Tiber River and the Capitoline Hill whose narrow, dark streets lead to the charming Fountain of the Tortoises, the brooding mass of the Palazzo Cenci, and some of the best restaurants in the city. This was the site of the Ghetto, within whose walls the Jews of Rome were compelled to live ...more
Published February 1st 2001 by University of Washington Press
(first published December 25th 2000)
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May 17, 2014 Bruce rated it really liked it
An interesting book on two groups, the acculturation of one and the subtleties which made them different. Though it is a study of how Roman Jews adapted as best they could to changes in Roman politics and culture it points out the regressive actions of Christian patriarchy regarding women's rights. As the Christian church was taking away those rights the Jewish congregations, for the most part, kept them.