A Companion to the Roman Republic / Edition 1

A Companion to the Roman Republic / Edition 1

by Nathan Rosenstein
     
 

This Companion provides an authoritative and up-to-date overview of Roman republican history as it is currently practiced. The volumetakes account of recent developments that have enriched our picture of the Republic. These include the continuing archaeological exploration of Italy, increasingly sophisticated approaches to textual sources, and the opening up

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This Companion provides an authoritative and up-to-date overview of Roman republican history as it is currently practiced. The volumetakes account of recent developments that have enriched our picture of the Republic. These include the continuing archaeological exploration of Italy, increasingly sophisticated approaches to textual sources, and the opening up of new areas of historical study and debate such as the nature of the republican political system, Roman identity formation, representation of the body, collective memory, and demography and social structure. At the same time, the book retains the drama of the Republic’s rise and fall.

The Companion is divided into three parts. The opening section emphasizes both the evidence of texts and physical remains, and the models and assumptions that scholars bring to these artifacts. This section includes coverage of the role played by the physical geography and environment of Italy. The second part offers a compact but detailed narrative of military and political developments from the birth of Rome through to the death of Julius Caesar; while the third and longest part highlights recent research and current controversies in the field.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781444334135
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
02/09/2010
Series:
Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World Series, #57
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
776
Sales rank:
1,408,763
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.80(d)

Table of Contents

List of Maps x

List of Illustrations xi

Notes on Contributors xiv

Maps xix

Abbreviations xxvii

Preface xxviii

Robert Morstein-Marx and Nathan Rosenstein

Part I Introductory 1

1 Methods, Models, and Historiography 3
Martin Jehne
Translated by Robert Morstein-Marx and Benjamin Wolkow

2 Literary Sources 29
Edward Bispham

3 Epigraphy and Numismatics 51
Mark Pobjoy

4 The Topography and Archaeology of Republican Rome 81
Mario Torelli
Translated by Helena Fracchia

5 The Physical Geography and Environment of Republican Italy 102
Simon Stoddart

Part II Narrative 123

6 Between Myth and History: Rome’s Rise from Village to Empire (the Eighth Century to 264) 125
Kurt A. Raaflaub

7 Mediterranean Empire (264–134) 147
Daniel J. Gargola

8 From the Gracchi to the First Civil War (133–70) 167
C. F. Konrad

9 The Final Crisis (69–44) 190
W. Jeffrey Tatum

Part III Civic Structures 213

10 Communicating with the Gods 215
Jörg Rüpke

11 Law in the Roman Republic 236
Michael C. Alexander

12 The Constitution of the Roman Republic 256
John A. North

13 Army and Society 278
Paul Erdkamp

Part IV Society 297

14 Social Structure and Demography 299
Neville Morley

15 Finding Roman Women 324
Beryl Rawson

Part V Political Culture 343

16 The City of Rome 345
John R. Patterson

17 Aristocratic Values 365
Nathan Rosenstein

18 Popular Power in the Roman Republic 383
Alexander Yakobson

19 Patronage 401
Elizabeth Deniaux
Translated by Robert Morstein-Marx and Robert Martz

20 Rhetoric and Public Life 421
Jean-Michel David
Translated by Robert Morstein-Marx and Robert Martz

21 The Republican Body 439
Anthony Corbeill

Part VI The Creation of a Roman Identity 457

22 Romans and Others 459
Erich S. Gruen

23 History and Collective Memory in the Middle Republic 478
Karl-J. Hölkeskamp

24 Art and Architecture in the Roman Republic 496
Katherine E. Welch

25 Literature 543
William W. Batstone

Part VII Controversies 565

26 Conceptualizing Roman Imperial Expansion under the Republic: An Introduction 567
Arthur M. Eckstein

27 The Economy: Agrarian Change During the Second Century 590
Luuk de Ligt

28 Rome and Italy 606
John R. Patterson

29 The Transformation of the Republic 625
Robert Morstein-Marx and Nathan Rosenstein

Bibliography 638

Index 695

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