Writing and Power in the Roman World

Author: Hella Eckardt
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1108418058
Category: History
Page: N.A
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This book focuses on the material practice of ancient literacy through a contextual examination of Roman writing equipment.

Literacy and Power in the Ancient World

Author: Alan K. Bowman,Greg Woolf
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521587365
Category: History
Page: 249
View: 2898
Was writing a revolutionary innovation, prompting or participating in social change, or a fundamentally repressive and disciplinary technology? The book consists of a series of studies ranging over the whole of the Mediterranean world and much of northern Europe during a period of more than a millennium (c. 600 BC-AD 800).

Philosophy and Power in the Graeco-Roman World

Essays in Honour of Miriam Griffin
Author: Miriam Tamara Griffin,Gillian Clark,Tessa Rajak
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
ISBN: 9780198299905
Category: Religion
Page: 348
View: 2642
This volume in honour of Miriam Griffin brings together seventeen international specialists. Their essays range from Socrates to late antiquity, with a particular focus on Cicero. Subjects covered include the Stoics and Cynics, Roman law, the formulation of imperial power, Jews and Christians, 'performance philosophy', Augustine, late Platonism, and women philosophers.

Legitimacy and Law in the Roman World

Tabulae in Roman Belief and Practice
Author: Elizabeth A. Meyer
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781139449113
Category: History
Page: N.A
View: 1557
Greeks wrote mostly on papyrus, but the Romans wrote solemn religious, public and legal documents on wooden tablets often coated with wax. This book investigates the historical significance of this resonant form of writing; its power to order the human realm and cosmos and to make documents efficacious; its role in court; the uneven spread - an aspect of Romanization - of this Roman form outside Italy, as provincials made different guesses as to what would please their Roman overlords; and its influence on the evolution of Roman law. An historical epoch of Roman legal transactions without writing is revealed as a juristic myth of origins. Roman legal documents on tablets are the ancestors of today's dispositive legal documents - the document as the act itself. In a world where knowledge of the Roman law was scarce - and enforcers scarcer - the Roman law drew its authority from a wider world of belief.


Die tausendjährige Geschichte Roms
Author: Mary Beard
Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag
ISBN: 3104031444
Category: History
Page: 656
View: 9100
Wer hätte gedacht, dass Alte Geschichte so spannend und gegenwärtig sein kann? – Ein neuer Blick auf das alte Rom! Unkonventionell, scharfsinnig und zugleich akademisch versiert – dies trifft nicht nur auf die hochrenommierte Althistorikerin und Cambridge-Professorin Mary Beard selbst zu, sondern auch auf ihre neue große Geschichte des Römischen Reichs und seiner Bewohner: SPQR - Die tausendjährige Geschichte Roms. Begeistert erzählt sie die Geschichte eines Weltreichs, lässt uns Kriege, Exzesse, Intrigen miterleben, aber auch den römischen Alltag – wie Ärger in den Mietshäusern und Ciceros Scheidung. Sie lässt uns hinter die Legenden und Mythen blicken, hinterfragt sicher Geglaubtes und kommt zu überraschenden Einsichten. So erscheint Rom ganz nah – in seinen Debatten über Integration und Migration – und dann doch auch faszinierend fern, wenn es etwa um Sklaverei geht. Die Geschichte Roms für unsere Zeit. In prächtiger Ausstattung, mit über hundert s/w Abbildungen und umfangreichem farbigen Bildteil. »Bahnbrechend [...], anregend [...], revolutionär [...] ein völlig neuer Zugang zur Alten Geschichte.« Spectator »Aufregend, psychologisch scharfsinnig sowie mitfühlend kritisch.« Sunday Times »Meisterhaft [...], diese große Geschichte Roms erweckt die ferne Vergangenheit grandios zum Leben.« The Economist »Ungemein packend [...] ebenso unterhaltsam wie gelehrt.« Observer »Wer hätte gedacht, dass Geschichte so spannend sein kann?« Independent

The Politics of Latin Literature

Writing, Identity, and Empire in Ancient Rome
Author: Thomas N. Habinek
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 9781400822515
Category: History
Page: 248
View: 4950
This is the first book to describe the intimate relationship between Latin literature and the politics of ancient Rome. Until now, most scholars have viewed classical Latin literature as a product of aesthetic concerns. Thomas Habinek shows, however, that literature was also a cultural practice that emerged from and intervened in the political and social struggles at the heart of the Roman world. Habinek considers major works by such authors as Cato, Cicero, Horace, Ovid, and Seneca. He shows that, from its beginnings in the late third century b.c. to its eclipse by Christian literature six hundred years later, classical literature served the evolving interests of Roman and, more particularly, aristocratic power. It fostered a prestige dialect, for example; it appropriated the cultural resources of dominated and colonized communities; and it helped to defuse potentially explosive challenges to prevailing values and authority. Literature also drew upon and enhanced other forms of social authority, such as patriarchy, religious ritual, cultural identity, and the aristocratic procedure of self-scrutiny, or existimatio. Habinek's analysis of the relationship between language and power in classical Rome breaks from the long Romantic tradition of viewing Roman authors as world-weary figures, aloof from mundane political concerns--a view, he shows, that usually reflects how scholars have seen themselves. The Politics of Latin Literature will stimulate new interest in the historical context of Latin literature and help to integrate classical studies into ongoing debates about the sociology of writing.

The Prince of Medicine

Galen in the Roman Empire
Author: Susan P. Mattern
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0199605459
Category: Medical
Page: 368
View: 9251
The first ever authoritative biography of Galen of Pergamum A.D. (129 - 216) - prodigious polymath, philosopher, shameless self-promoter, caustic wit and polemicist, and the single most influential figure in the history of western medicine from Roman times to the twentieth century.

Tales of the Barbarians

Ethnography and Empire in the Roman West
Author: Greg Woolf
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781444390803
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 192
View: 6786
Tales of the Barbarians traces the creation of new mythologies in the wake of Roman expansion westward to the Atlantic, and offers the first application of modern ethnographic theory to ancient material. Investigates the connections between empire and knowledge at the turn of the millennia, and the creation of new histories in the Roman West Explores how ancient geography, local histories and the stories of wandering heroes were woven together by Greek scholars and local experts Offers a fresh perspective by examining passages from ancient writers in a new light

Literate Education in the Hellenistic and Roman Worlds

Author: Teresa Morgan,Professor of Graeco-Roman History Nancy Bissell Turpin Fellow and Tutor in Ancient History Teresa Morgan
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521584661
Category: Education
Page: 364
View: 7825
Assessment of the content, structures and significance of education in Greek and Roman society.

Gender in the Early Medieval World

East and West, 300-900
Author: Leslie Brubaker,Julia M. H. Smith
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521013277
Category: History
Page: 333
View: 4767
Gender analysis is one of the most probing ways to understand both power and cultural strategies in pre-industrial societies. In this book, first published in 2004, sixteen scholars on the cutting edges of their disciplines explore the ideas and expressions of gender that characterised the centuries from c. 300 to 900 in milieux ranging from York to Baghdad, via Rome and Constantinople. Deploying a variety of disciplines and perspectives, they draw on the evidence of material culture as well as texts to demonstrate the wide range of gender identities that informed the social, political and imaginary worlds of these centuries. The essays make clear that the fixed point in the gender systems of the period was constituted by the hegemonic masculinity of the ruling elite, marginalised groups often invisible as historical subjects in their own right were omnipresent in, and critical to, the gendered discourses which buttressed assertions of power.

Perpetua's Journey

Faith, Gender, and Power in the Roman Empire
Author: Jennifer A. Rea
Publisher: Graphic History
ISBN: 9780190238711
Category: Comics & Graphic Novels
Page: 208
View: 6922
Perpetua's Journey is a graphic history set in Roman Africa in 203 CE that examines issues of power, gender, and religion in the ancient world through the story of the Christian martyr Perpetua.The Passio Sanctarum Perpetuae et Felicitatis, better known as The Passion of Saints Perpetua and Felicity, is the first known prose narrative written by a woman. It is also the first known piece of writing we have from a Christian woman. It is the story of a young mother, Vibia Perpetua, who livedin Roman Africa and, at the age of twenty-two, chose to proclaim publically her Christian faith. She died as a result of her actions. She did not die alone; she was part of a group of Christians martyrs, including several slaves, who were placed in prison and then sentenced to die on March 7 in theyear 203 CE. Perpetua's diary contains Perpetua's account of the events in the days leading up to her martyrdom.Perpetua's Journey is a graphic history that occupies a space between the many works designed primarily for specialists and advanced scholars who already know a great deal about Perpetua and the history of the Roman Empire, and more popular projects about the lives of saints. Perpetua's Journey isunique because it contains both a graphic portion and historical and social commentary on the Passio. Because the events recorded in the Passio take place during a time period in which we possess information about the history of the Roman Empire and everyday peoples' lives, the graphic part of thiswork strives for an authentic and realistic portrayal of events that happened to the persons in the diary.

Literature in the Roman World

Author: Oliver Taplin
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
ISBN: 9780192893017
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 293
View: 4140
This collection of essays has been written with a fresh approach to the literature from the beginning of the Roman Empire to the end of the classical era, drawing on the most recent research. Edited by Oliver Taplin, a distinguished classicist, this collection seeks to examine the major works of this period within their contemporary cultural context, and to identify their intended audience and readership.

Marriage and Family in the Biblical World

Author: Ken M. Campbell
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
ISBN: 9780830827374
Category: Religion
Page: 284
View: 4313
Ken M. Campbell presents the work of six scholars who map varying understandings of marriage and family in six cultural settings: Victor H. Matthews on the ancient Near East, Daniel I. Block on ancient Israel, S. M. Baugh on Greek society, Susan M. Treggiari on Roman society, David W. Chapman on Second Temple Judaism and Andreas Kstenberger on the New Testament era.

Between Geography and History

Hellenistic Constructions of the Roman World
Author: Katherine Clarke,Fellow and Tutor in Ancient History at St Hilda's College Oxford and Associate Professor in Ancient History Katherine Clarke,Katherine J. Clarke
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199240036
Category: History
Page: 407
View: 2979
The late Hellenistic period witnessed the rise of an imperial power whose dominion extended across almost the whole known world. The Roman empire radically affected geographical conceptions, evoking new ways of describing the earth and of constructing its history. In this book the writings ofthree literary figures of the age are explored: the History of Polybius, two fragmentary works of Posidonius, and the universal Geography of Strabo. Analysis in terms of the philosophical concepts of time and space reveals the generic fluidity of such 'geographical' and 'historical' works.Furthermore, these broadly conceived accounts are shown to be appropriate literary media for the response to Roman power. They use, but transform, pre-existing Greek traditions in order to describe the new world of Rome, making them fitting products of a transitional age. This book provides a newapproach to Roman imperialism by considering its impact on historiography and geographical thought.

Engineering in the Ancient World

Author: John Gray Landels
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520227828
Category: History
Page: 238
View: 8852
In a new edition of this highly acclaimed book, the author reveals the engineering know-how of the ancient Greeks and Romans. In fascinating detail he describes how they developed and constructed their machines, and considers how the same principles are used in modern-day engineering.

Imperial Triumph

The Roman World from Hadrian to Constantine
Author: Michael Kulikowski
Publisher: Profile Books
ISBN: 1847654371
Category: History
Page: 328
View: 8776
Imperial Triumph presents the history of Rome at the height of its imperial power. Beginning with the reign of Hadrian in Rome and ending with the death of Julian the Apostate on campaign in Persia, it offers an intimate account of the twists and often deadly turns of imperial politics in which successive emperors rose and fell with sometimes bewildering rapidity. Yet, despite this volatility, the Romans were able to see off successive attacks by Parthians, Germans, Persians and Goths and to extend and entrench their position as masters of Europe and the Mediterranean. This books shows how they managed to do it. Professor Michael Kulikowski describes the empire's cultural integration in the second century, the political crises of the third when Rome's Mediterranean world became subject to the larger forces of Eurasian history, and the remaking of Roman imperial institutions in the fourth century under Constantine and his son Constantius II. The Constantinian revolution, Professor Kulikowski argues, was the pivot on which imperial fortunes turned - and the beginning of the parting of ways between the eastern and western empires. This sweeping account of one of the world's greatest empires at its magnificent peak is incisive, authoritative and utterly gripping.

Sage and Emperor

Plutarch, Greek Intellectuals, and Roman Power in the Time of Trajan (98-117 A.D.)
Author: Philip A. Stadter,L. Van der Stockt
Publisher: Leuven University Press
ISBN: 9789058672391
Category: History
Page: 357
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The overall objective is to establish the context of Plutarch's work in the society and the historical circumstances for which it was written.

State Power in Ancient China and Rome

Author: Walter Scheidel
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0190202246
Category: History
Page: 303
View: 6945
The Chinese and the Romans created the largest empires of the ancient world. Separated by thousands of miles of steppe, mountains and sea, these powerful states developed independently and with very limited awareness of each other's existence. This parallel process of state formation served as a massive natural experiment in social evolution that provides unique insight into the complexities of historical causation. Comparisons between the two empires shed new light on the factors that led to particular outcomes and help us understand similarities and differences in ancient state formation. The explicitly comparative perspective adopted in this volume opens up a dialogue between scholars from different areas of specialization, encouraging them to address big questions about the nature of imperial rule. In a series of interlocking case studies, leading experts of early China and the ancient Mediterranean explore the relationship between rulers and elite groups, the organization and funding of government, and the ways in which urban development reflected the interplay between state power and communal civic institutions.0Bureaucratization, famously associated with Qin and Han China but long less prominent in the Roman world, receives special attention as an index of the ambitions and capabilities of kings and emperors. The volume concludes with a look at the preconditions for the emergence of divine rulership. Taken together, these pioneering contributions lay the foundations for a systematic comparative history of early empires.

Ancient Literacy

Author: William V. HARRIS
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674033818
Category: History
Page: 383
View: 9190
W. V. Harris provides the first thorough exploration of the levels, types, and functions of literacy in the classical world, from the invention of the Greek alphabet about 800 B.C. down to the fifth century A.D.

Emperors and Bishops in Late Roman Invective

Author: Richard Flower
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107031729
Category: History
Page: 294
View: 4549
An analysis of the earliest surviving invectives against a living Roman emperor and their significance for political and religious history.