A Companion to the Roman Republic / Edition 1

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This Companion provides an authoritative and up-to-date overview of Roman Republican history as it is currently practiced.

  • Highlights recent developments, including archaeological discoveries, fresh approaches to textual sources, and the opening up of new areas of historical study
  • Retains the drama of the Republic’s rise and fall
  • Emphasizes not just the evidence of texts and physical remains, but also the models and assumptions that scholars bring to these artefacts
  • Looks at the role played by the physical geography and environment of Italy
  • Offers a compact but detailed narrative of military and political developments from the birth of the Roman Republic through to the death of Julius Caesar
  • Discusses current controversies in the field
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This book, which will be many things to many readers, will be valuable as a modern source and as a reference work vital in what is the ever increasing complex world of ancient historical research." (Scholia Reviews, 2009)

"Students cannot fail to benefit from the eminent collaborators [in this Companion].... Individual contributions have much for anyone keen to catch up." (Greece & Rome, 2008)

"It does provide readable, expert surveys of the rise of Roman power in the Mediterranean in the formative imperial era. In addition to chapters on political and social topics, this Companion offers fine surveys of topography, literature and literary sources, law, art and architecture, and Roman 'cultural identity.'...Highly recommended." ( Choice)

“[Authors] do an excellent job of re-packaging Roman Republican history … and I applaud their efforts to provide … interesting debates within recent scholarship.” ( New England Classical Journal)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781444334135
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/9/2010
  • Series: Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World Series, #57
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 776
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Nathan Rosenstein is Professor of History at the Ohio State University. He is the author of Imperatores Victi (1990) and Rome at War (2004), and coeditor of War and Society in the Ancient and Medieval Worlds (2001).

Robert Morstein-Marx is Professor of Classics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of Hegemony to Empire: The Development of the Roman Imperium in the East (1995) and Mass Oratory and Political Power in the Late Roman Republic (2004).

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Table of Contents


Part I: Introductory.

1. Methods, Models, and Historiography (Martin Jehne).

2. Literary Sources (Edward Bispham).

3. Epigraphy and Numismatics (Mark Pobjoy).

4. Topography and Archaeology of Republican Rome (Mario Torelli).

5. The Physical Geography and Environment of Republican Italy (Simon Stoddart).

Part II: Narrative.

6. Between Myth and History. Rome's Rise from Village to Empire (the Eighth Century to 264) (Kurt A. Raaflaub).

7. Mediterranean Empire (264-134) (Daniel J. Gargola).

8. The Gracchi to the First Civil War (133-70) (C. F. Konrad).

9. The Final Crisis (69-44) (W. Jeffrey Tatum).

Part III: Civic Structures.

10. Communicating with the Gods (Jörg Rüpke).

11. Law in the Roman Republic (Michael C. Alexander).

12. The Constitution of the Roman Republic (John A. North)

13. Army and Society (Paul Erdkamp).

Part IV: Society.

14. Social Structure and Demography (Neville Morley).

15. Finding Roman Women (Beryl Rawson).

Part V: Political Culture.

16. The City of Rome (John R. Patterson).

17. Aristocratic Values Nathan Rosenstein.

18. Popular Power in the Roman Republic (Alexander Yakobson).

19. Patronage (Elizabeth Deniaux).

20. Rhetoric and Public Life (Jean-Michel David).

21. The Republican Body (Anthony Corbeill).

Part VI: The Creation of a Roman Identity

22. Romans and Others (Erich S. Gruen).

23. History and Collective Memory in the Middle Republic (Karl-J. Hölkeskamp).

24. Art and Architecture in the Roman Republic (Katherine E. Welch).

25. Literature (William W. Batstone).

Part VII: Controversies.

26. Conceptualizing Roman Imperial Expansion under the Republic: An Introduction (Arthur M. Eckstein).

27. The Economy: Agrarian Change During the Second Century (Luuk de Ligt).

28. Rome and Italy (John R. Patterson).

29. The Transformation of the Republic (Robert Morstein-Marx and Nathan Rosenstein).



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