Roman Civilization: Volume 2: The Roman Empire / Edition 3

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Naphtali Lewis and Meyer Reinhold's Roman Civilization is a classic. Originally published by Columbia University Press in 1955, the authors have undertaken another revision which takes into account recent work in the field. These volumes consist of selected primary documents from ancient Rome, covering a range f over 1,000 years of Roman culture, from the foundation of the city to its sacking by the Goths.

The selections cover a broad spectrum of Roman civilization, including literature, philosophy, religion, education, politics, military affairs, and economics. These English translations of literary, inscriptional, and papyrological sources, many of which are available nowhere else, create a mosaic of the brilliance, the beauty, and the power of Rome.

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Editorial Reviews

Oxford History of the Classical World
A splendid collection of source materials, documentary and epigraphic as well as literary.
**** An earlier edition of this classic is endorsed by BCL3. This updated revision of the story of Rome through excerpts of the written records adds many new documents published since the previous edition, many available for the first time in English, as well as a new chapter on women, two new chapters on coins, and an added final chapter that carries the coverage of the fourth century beyond Constantine the Great to the consolidation of Christian society and the capture and sack of Rome by the Goths under Alaric. Paper edition (unseen), $44.00. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231071338
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 11/14/1990
  • Series: Records of Civilization Sources and Stud
  • Edition description: third edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 674
  • Sales rank: 609,159
  • Product dimensions: 5.93 (w) x 8.95 (h) x 1.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Naphtali Lewis is professor of classical studies at Boston University.

Meyer Reinhold is University Professor of Classical Studies at Boston University.

Both are distinguished classicists and have written numerous books and articles during their careers.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

I. The Roman Peace (A.D. 14-192): Imperial Policy and Administration2. The Roman Peace (A.D. 14-192): Economic Life3. The Roman Peace (A.D. 14-192): Society and Culture4. The Roman Peace (A.D. 14-192): Life in the Municipalities and Provinces5. Women in the Roman World6. The Crisis of the Third Century and the Emergence of the Byzantine State, A.D. 193-3377. The Roman Army8. Roman Law9. The Conflict of Religions and the Triumph of Christianity10. The Last Stand of Paganism and the Consolidation of Christian SocietyII. Coins

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