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Finally, for domestic contexts elsewhere in the ancient world, Allison offers both baseline data for household assemblages and a valuable model that counterbalances anecdotal, overweeningly textual approaches.
Overweeningly confident in their size and strength--eighty-five million citizens and a two-trillion-dollar gross domestic product--the Germans want a rapid devolution of power from the traditional national capitals--Madrid, Rome, Paris, Vienna--to new "European," or regional, governments.
Cobb brilliantly captures Loman's fractious persona, racked with guilt, disappointment, a pathetic desire to be overweeningly unctuous combined with a palpable hostility and, no matter how foggy his mind seems to get, a razor-sharp realization of his own failure.