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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
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“The essays are well written and are as accessible to undergraduate students as they are to advanced researchers who want to read more about the ways in which recent and innovative approaches in the discipline have transformed the study of Roman civilization and the field of ancient history. This book is a timely and relevant contribution to the Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World series.” (Classical Review, 2007)

"Another admirable edition to Blackwell's large expanding series of Companions, it is of comparable length, but with just 30 contributors and 30 chapters … it gives each other more depth and breadth." (Ancient East and West, 2008)

"For those with reservations about the 'companion' phenomenon, [this volume] is an excellent advertisement for the benefits of such an exercise.... This volume is almost uniformly good as a guide to central topics in Roman history from the first to the forth century, with a number of outstanding discussions," (The Classical Review, 2008)

"A very impressive collection indeed, summarising and building on the latest scholarship, especially the view that there is more to history than politics and the powerful." (Journal of Classics Teaching)

"Scholar, student, and interested layperson will all find much to ponder here, and the editor, publisher, and contributors are to be commended for the success of their undertaking. This Companion, at least, constitutes a welcome addition to the field, offers a clear statement of the current state of the discipline, and provides inspiration for future directions" (New England Classical Journal)

"This Companion to the Roman Empire provides a fascinating and scholarly insight into our ancient past. It is an ideal reference tool for students and scholars alike, presenting new methods and modes of study that should provoke thought among the readership. It also brings together many disciplines of study that allow scholars to study an Empire as vast and influential as that created by the Romans." (Reference Reviews)

"The thirty chapters in this latest title in Blackwell's excellent "Companions to the Ancient World" series are written by such experts in their fields as Maud Gleason, Judith Evans Grubbs, Amy Richlin and Ann Hanson ... No comparable handbook exists ... Essential. All levels/libraries." (Choice—A Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2007)

"This elegantly and carefully edited book is a resounding success." (Scholia Reviews)

"David Potter has assembled an impressive array of scholars whose essays in this volume provide overviews and summarize the current state of scholarship on a variety of topics. A Companion to the Roman Empire succeeds in meeting the needs of its diverse audience and also offers a few surprises." (Bryn Mawr Classical Review)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631226444
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/21/2007
  • Series: Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World Series, #33
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 724
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.92 (h) x 2.25 (d)

Meet the Author

David Potter is Professor of Greek and Latin at the University of Michigan. He has published extensively on the history of the Roman world and appeared on many television programmes concerned with the history of Rome. His most recent publications include Life, Death and Entertainment in the Roman Empire (co-edited with David J. Mattingly, 1999), Literary Texts and the Roman Historian (1999) and The Roman Empire at Bay, AD 180-395(2004)

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations.

List of Tables.

Notes on Contributors.


Reference Works: Abbreviations.

Ancient Authors: Abbreviations and Glossary.

The Emperors of Rome from Augustus to Constantine.

Introduction: The shape of Roman history: David Potter.

Part I: The Sources:.

1. Constructing a Narrative: Cynthia Damon (Amherst College).

2. Roman Imperial Numismatics: William E. Metcalf (Yale University).

3. Documents: Traianos Gagos (University of Michigan) and David Potter (University of Michigan).

4. Art, Architecture, and Archaeology in the Roman Empire: Lea Stirling (University of Manitoba).

5. Interdisciplinary Approaches: James B. Rives (York University, Ontario).

Part II: Narrative:.

6. The Emergence of Monarchy: 44 BCE-96 CE: Greg Rowe (University of Victoria).

7. Rome the Superpower: 96-235 CE: Michael Peachin (New York University).

8. The Transformation of the Empire 235-337 CE: David Potter (University of Michigan).

Part III: Administration:.

9. The Administration of the Provinces: Clifford Ando (University of Southern California).

10. The Transformation of Government under Diocletian and Constantine: Hugh Elton (British Institute of Archaeology at Ankara).

11. The Roman Army: Nigel Pollard (University of Wales, Swansea).

12. Greek Cities Under Roman Rule: Maud Gleason (Stanford University).

13. Cities and Urban life in the Western Provinces of the Roman Empire: 30 BCE-250 CE: Jonathan Edmondson (York University, Ontario).

Part IV: Social and Economic Life:.

14. The Imperial Economy: David Mattingly (University of Leicester).

15 Landlords and Tenants: Dennis P. Kehoe (Tulane University).

16. The Family: Judith Evans Grubbs (Washington University, St Louis).

17. Sexuality in the Roman Empire: Amy Richlin (UCLA).

18. On Food and the Body: Veronika Grimm (Yale University).

19. Leisure: Garrett G. Fagan (Penn State University).

20. Spectacle: David Potter (University of Michigan).

Part V: Intellectual Life:.

21. The Construction of the Past in the Roman Empire: Rowland Smith (University of Newcastle upon Tyne).

22. Imperial Poetry: K. Sara Myers (University of Virginia).

23. Greek Fiction: Joseph L. Rife (Macalester College).

24. Roman Law and Roman History: John Matthews (Yale University).

25. Roman Medicine: Ann Hanson (Yale University).

26. Philosophy in the Roman Empire: Sara Ahbel-Rappe (University of Michigan).

Part VI: Religion:.

27. Traditional Cult: David Frankfurter (University of New Hampshire).

28. Jews and Judaism, 70-429 CE: Yaron Z. Eliav (University of Michigan).

29. Christians in the Roman Empire in the First Three Centuries CE: Paulla Fredriksen (Boston University).

30. Christian Thought: Mark Edwards (Christ Church, University of Oxford).



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