A Companion to the Roman Empire

A Companion to the Roman Empire Author David S. Potter
ISBN-10 9781405199186
Release 2009-12-02
Pages 691
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A Companion to the Roman Empire provides readers with a guide both to Roman imperial history and to the field of Roman studies, taking account of the most recent discoveries. This Companion brings together thirty original essays guiding readers through Roman imperial history and the field of Roman studies Shows that Roman imperial history is a compelling and vibrant subject Includes significant new contributions to various areas of Roman imperial history Covers the social, intellectual, economic and cultural history of the Roman Empire Contains an extensive bibliography

The Roman Revolution

The Roman Revolution Author Ronald Syme
ISBN-10 9780191647185
Release 2002-08-08
Pages 592
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The Roman Revolution is a profound and unconventional treatment of a great theme - the fall of the Republic and the decline of freedom in Rome between 60 BC and AD 14, and the rise to power of the greatest of the Roman Emperors, Augustus. The transformation of state and society, the violent transference of power and property, and the establishment of Augustus' rule are presented in an unconventional narrative, which quotes from ancient evidence, refers seldomly to modern authorities, and states controversial opinions quite openly. The result is a book which is both fresh and compelling.

Encyclopedia of the Roman Empire

Encyclopedia of the Roman Empire Author Matthew Bunson
ISBN-10 9781438110271
Release 2009-01-01
Pages 657
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Not much has happened in the Roman Empire since 1994 that required the first edition to be updated, but Bunson, a prolific reference and history author, has revised it, incorporated new findings and thinking, and changed the dating style to C.E. (Common Era) and B.C.E. (Before Common Era). For the 500 years from Julius Caesar and the Gallic Wars in 59-51 B.C.E. to the fall of the empire in the west in 476 C.E, he discusses personalities, terms, sites, and events. There is very little cross-referencing.

Cultural Identity in the Roman Empire

Cultural Identity in the Roman Empire Author Ray Laurence
ISBN-10 0415241499
Release 2001-01
Pages 205
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This provocative and often controversial volume examines concepts of ethnicity, citizenship and nationhood, to determine what constituted cultural identity in the Roman Empire. The contributors draw together the most recent research and use diverse theoretical and methodological perspectives from archaeology, classical studies and ancient history to challenge our basic assumptions of Romanization and how parts of Europe became incorporated into a Roman culture. Cultural Identity in the Roman Empire breaks new ground, arguing that the idea of a unified and easily defined Roman culture is over-simplistic, and offering alternative theories and models. This well-documented and timely book presents cultural identity throughout the Roman empire as a complex and diverse issue, far removed from the previous notion of a dichotomy between the Roman invaders and the Barbarian conquered.

Children in the Roman Empire

Children in the Roman Empire Author Christian Laes
ISBN-10 9780521897464
Release 2011-03-03
Pages 334
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Illuminates the lives of the 'forgotten' children of ancient Rome and draws parallels and contrasts with contemporary society.

The Roman Empire and Its Germanic Peoples

The Roman Empire and Its Germanic Peoples Author Herwig Wolfram
ISBN-10 0520085116
Release 1997
Pages 361
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The names of early Germanic warrior tribes and leaders resound in songs and legends; the real story of the part they played in reshaping the ancient world is no less gripping. Herwig Wolfram's panoramic history spans the great migrations of the Germanic peoples and the rise and fall of their kingdoms between the third and eighth centuries, as they invaded, settled in, and ultimately transformed the Roman Empire. As Germanic military kings and their fighting bands created kingdoms, and won political and military recognition from imperial governments through alternating confrontation and accommodation, the "tribes" lost their shared culture and social structure, and became sharply differentiated. They acquired their own regions and their own histories, which blended with the history of the empire. In Wolfram's words, "the Germanic peoples neither destroyed the Roman world nor restored it; instead, they made a home for themselves within it." This story is far from the "decline and fall" interpretation that held sway until recent decades. Wolfram's narrative, based on his sweeping grasp of documentary and archaeological evidence, brings new clarity to a poorly understood period of Western history.

The Architecture of the Roman Empire An urban appraisal

The Architecture of the Roman Empire  An urban appraisal Author William Lloyd MacDonald
ISBN-10 0300034709
Release 1988-03-01
Pages 316
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Describes the physical evidence of what a Roman city was like.

Bathing in Public in the Roman World

Bathing in Public in the Roman World Author Garrett G. Fagan
ISBN-10 0472088653
Release 2002
Pages 437
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An uninhibited glance into the extensive baths of Rome

Christianizing the Roman Empire

Christianizing the Roman Empire Author Ramsay MacMullen
ISBN-10 0300036426
Release 1984
Pages 183
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Offers a secular perspective on the growth of the Christian Church in ancient Rome, identifies nonreligious factors in conversion, and examines the influence of Constantine

Peoples of the Roman World

Peoples of the Roman World Author Mary T. Boatwright
ISBN-10 9780521840620
Release 2012-02-13
Pages 241
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In this highly-illustrated book, Mary T. Boatwright examines five of the peoples incorporated into the Roman world from the Republican through the Imperial periods: northerners, Greeks, Egyptians, Jews, and Christians. She explores over time the tension between assimilation and distinctiveness in the Roman world, as well as the changes effected in Rome by its multicultural nature. Underlining the fundamental importance of diversity in Rome's self-identity, the book explores Roman tolerance of difference and community as the Romans expanded and consolidated their power and incorporated other peoples into their empire. The Peoples of the Roman World provides an accessible account of Rome's social, cultural, religious, and political history, exploring the rich literary, documentary, and visual evidence for these peoples and Rome's reactions to them.

The Roman Historical Tradition

The Roman Historical Tradition Author James H. Richardson
ISBN-10 9780199657858
Release 2014
Pages 384
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The study of Regal and Republican Rome presents a difficult and yet exciting challenge. The extant evidence, which for the most part is literary, is late, sparse, and difficult, and the value of it has long been a subject of intense and sometimes heated scholarly discussion. This volume provides students with an introduction to a range of important problems in the study of ancient Rome during the Regal and Republican periods in one accessible collection, bringing together a diverse range of influential papers. Of particular importance is the question of the value of the historiographical evidence (i.e. what the Romans themselves wrote about their past). By juxtaposing different and sometimes incompatible reactions to the evidence, the collection aims to challenge its readers and invite them to join the debate, and to assess the ancient evidence and modern interpretations of it for themselves.

The Roman Empire

The Roman Empire Author Paul Veyne
ISBN-10 0674777719
Release 1997
Pages 250
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This compact book--which appeared earlier in the multivolume series A History of Private Life--is a history of the Roman Empire in pagan times. It is an interpretation setting forth in detail the universal civilization of the Romans—so much of it Hellenic—that later gave way to Christianity.

The Roman Wedding

The Roman Wedding Author Karen K. Hersch
ISBN-10 9780521124270
Release 2010-05-24
Pages 341
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This is the first book-length examination of Roman wedding ritual.

The Freedman in the Roman World

The Freedman in the Roman World Author Henrik Mouritsen
ISBN-10 9781139495035
Release 2011-01-27
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Freedmen occupied a complex and often problematic place in Roman society between slaves on the one hand and freeborn citizens on the other. Playing an extremely important role in the economic life of the Roman world, they were also a key instrument for replenishing and even increasing the size of the citizen body. This book presents an original synthesis, for the first time covering both Republic and Empire in a single volume. While providing up-to-date discussions of most significant aspects of the phenomenon, the book also offers a new understanding of the practice of manumission, its role in the organisation of slave labour and the Roman economy, as well as the deep-seated ideological concerns to which it gave rise. It locates the freedman in a broader social and economic context, explaining the remarkable popularity of manumission in the Roman world.

The Architecture of the Roman Empire An introductory study

The Architecture of the Roman Empire  An introductory study Author William Lloyd MacDonald
ISBN-10 0300028199
Release 1982
Pages 225
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This volume describes buildings in the city of Rome.

Paganism in the Roman Empire

Paganism in the Roman Empire Author Ramsay MacMullen
ISBN-10 0300029845
Release 1981
Pages 241
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MacMullen...has published several books in recent years which establish him, rightfully, as a leading social historian of the Roman Empire. The current volume exhibits many of the characteristics of its predecessors: the presentation of novel, revisionist points of view...; discrete set pieces of trenchant argument which do not necessarily conform to the boundaries of traditional history; and an impressive, authoritative, and up-to-date documentation, especially rich in primary sources...A stimulating and provocative discourse on Roman paganism as a phenomenon worthy of synthetic investigation in its own right and as the fundamental context for the rise of Christianity.-Richard Brilliant, History MacMullen's latest work represents many features of paganism in its social context more vividly and clearly than ever before.-Fergus Millar, American Historical Review The major cults...are examined from a social and cultural perspective and with the aid of many recently published specialized studies...Students of the Roman Empire...should read this book.-Robert J, Penella, Classical World A distinguished book with much exact observation...An indispensable mine of erudition on a grand theme. Henry Chadwick, Times Literary Supplement Ramsay MacMullen is Dunham Professor of History and Classics at Yale University and the author of Roman Government's Response to Crisis, A.D. 235-337 and Roman Social Relations, 50 B.C. to A.D. 284

The Roman Empire A Very Short Introduction

The Roman Empire  A Very Short Introduction Author Christopher Kelly
ISBN-10 9780191577840
Release 2006-08-24
Pages 168
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The Roman Empire was a remarkable achievement. It had a population of sixty million people spread across lands encircling the Mediterranean and stretching from drizzle-soaked northern England to the sun-baked banks of the Euphrates in Syria, and from the Rhine to the North African coast. It was, above all else, an empire of force - employing a mixture of violence, suppression, order, and tactical use of power to develop an astonishingly uniform culture. This Very Short Introduction covers the history of the Empire from Augustus (the first Emperor) to Marcus Aurelius, describing how the empire was formed, how it was run, its religions and its social structure. It examines how local cultures were "romanised" and how people in far away lands came to believe in the emperor as a god. The book also examines how the Roman Empire has been considered and depicted in more recent times, from the writings of Edward Gibbon, to the differing attitudes of the Victorians and recent Hollywood blockbuster films. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.