Poverty in the Roman World

Poverty in the Roman World

by Margaret Atkins, Robin Osborne
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521106575

ISBN-13: 9780521106573

Pub. Date: 09/03/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

If poor individuals have always been with us, societies have not always seen the poor as a distinct social group. But within the Roman world, from at least the Late Republic onwards, the poor were an important force in social and political life, and how to treat the poor was a topic of philosophical as well as political discussion. This book explains what poverty

Overview

If poor individuals have always been with us, societies have not always seen the poor as a distinct social group. But within the Roman world, from at least the Late Republic onwards, the poor were an important force in social and political life, and how to treat the poor was a topic of philosophical as well as political discussion. This book explains what poverty meant in antiquity, and why the poor came to be an important group in the Roman world, and it explores the issues which poverty and the poor raised for Roman society and for Roman writers. In essays which range widely in space and time across the whole Roman Empire, the contributors address both the reality and the representation of poverty, and examine the impact which Christianity had upon attitudes towards and treatment of the poor.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521106573
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/03/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
244
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents


List of contributors     ix
Preface     xi
List of abbreviations     xiii
Introduction: Roman poverty in context   Robin Osborne     1
The poor in the city of Rome   Neville Morley     21
Stratification, deprivation and quality of life   Walter Scheidel     40
'You do him no service': an exploration of pagan almsgiving   Anneliese Parkin     60
Writing poverty in Rome   Greg Woolf     83
Poverty and population in Roman Egypt   Dominic Rathbone     100
A pragmatic approach to poverty and riches: Ambrosiaster's quaestio 124   Sophie Lunn-Rockliffe     115
Portraying the poor: descriptions of poverty in Christian texts from the late Roman empire   Richard Finn, O.P.     130
Thowing parties for the poor: poverty and splendour in the late antique church   Lucy Grig     145
Salvian, the ideal Christian community and the fate of the poor in fifth-century Gaul   Cam Grey     162
Poverty and Roman law   Caroline Humfress     183
Bibliography     204
Index     220

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