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“[T]his handsomely-produced quantity performs admirably as a collection of introductions to sources, approaches, and the state of scholarship on main matters in Roman social historical past . . . Collections of essays come and go, however this one will keep in huge use. Every essay can stand alone however, tied collectively by the theme of dominance, the entire is bigger than the sum of its elements.”
—Donald Kyle, Bryn Mawr Classical Assessment
“This assortment of essays is meant to function a coursebook for introductory lecture collection on Roman civilization; the essays are focused on basic points of Roman society, and no prior data of antiquity on the reader’s half is assumed. . . . The book as an entire is completely profitable in its projected intention: an immense vary of detailed details about antiquity is introduced in readable and largely refined dialogue. . . . More and more we want to have the ability to counsel to our college students studying that’s introductory but in addition in-depth and difficult, and this book is one potential studying that we are able to supply.”
—Ellen O’Gorman, Classical Assessment
Life, Demise, and Entertainment provides these with a basic curiosity in Roman antiquity a place to begin, knowledgeable by the newest developments in scholarship, for understanding the extraordinary vary of Roman society. Household construction, slavery, gender identification, meals provide, faith, and entertainment—all essential elements of the Roman world—are mentioned right here, in a single quantity that provides an approachable information for readers of all backgrounds. The gathering unites a collection of basic introductions on every of those matters, bringing readers in contact with a broad vary of proof, in addition to with all kinds of approaches to primary questions on the Roman world.
The newly expanded version consists of historian Keith Hopkins’ pathbreaking article on Roman slaves. Quantity editor David Potter has contributed two new translations of paperwork from emperors Hadrian and Marcus Aurelius. Hadrian’s letters doc a reorganization of the pageant cycle in the Empire and reassert the significance of the Olympic Video games; the letter to Marcus gives the most vital surviving proof for a way gladiatorial video games have been really organized.
Contributors to the quantity embody Greg S. Aldrete, Hazel Dodge, Bruce W. Frier, Maud W. Gleason, Ann E. Hanson, Keith Hopkins, David J. Mattingly, and David S. Potter.
D.S. Potter is Professor of Classics and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, College of Michigan.
D.J. Mattingly is Professor of Roman Archaeology, College of Leicester, and a Fellow of the British Academy.
Cowl illustrations: prime left, Karanis Excavation, courtesy Kelsey Museum; backside proper, Monte Testacchio, courtesy David J. Mattingly; middle, Pollice Verso by Jean-Léon Gérôme, courtesy Phoenix Artwork Museum, Museum Buy.
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