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By David S. Potter

ISBN-10: 0631226443

ISBN-13: 9780631226444

A significant other to the Roman Empire presents readers with a consultant either to Roman imperial heritage and to the sphere of Roman stories, taking account of the newest discoveries.

  • This better half brings jointly thirty unique essays guiding readers via Roman imperial heritage and the sphere of Roman studies
  • Shows that Roman imperial background is a compelling and colourful subject
  • Includes major new contributions to varied parts of Roman imperial history

  • Covers the social, highbrow, monetary and cultural historical past of the Roman Empire

  • Contains an intensive bibliography

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M. Jones’ observation that wealth was held in land, or the ‘‘modernist’’ approach suggested by Rostovtzeff’s overt comparisons with the modern world. Mattingly argues from the archaeological evidence for the movement of goods that the economy of the Roman Empire was extraordinary by the standards of the pre-modern world in terms of the links that it forged between regions, a view that largely supports Rostovtzeff’s arguments, while conceding that the attitudes towards the accumulation of capital were far different from those of early modern Europe.

In a sense Namier’s book is closer in style to yet another book that Namier had not read (though Mu¨nzer and Syme did), Matthias Gelzer’s Die Nobilita¨t des ro¨mischen Republik of 1912, a masterful study of the structures of family power and aristocratic interaction in both the public and private spheres. It was Syme’s genius that enabled him to join contemporary German scholarship with English traditions of narrative historiography, and it was his profound interest in the literary quality of narrative that set his work apart from that of Mu¨nzer, and, indeed, of Gelzer, whose later books on major figures of the late republic seem rarely to unite the conclusions of Die Nobilita¨t with his own narratives.

We cannot assume that there was a single experience of slavery, gender, or rural or urban poverty. In the chapters that make up this volume, the authors have sought to stress interactions. As Veronika Grimm shows, for instance, the study of food now more often becomes the study of its consumption, and the study of its consumption reveals a great deal about those who are doing the eating. As she points out, dining was central to religious, family, and social life. The study of dining cannot simply be dealt with through the analysis of food production, for which there are, in any event, no statistics, but rather must be examined as a function of social, political, and ideological discourse.

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