The Roman Empire: Economy, Society and Culture / Edition 1

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During the Principate (roughly from 27 BC to AD ), when the empire reached its maximum extent, Roman society and culture were radically transformed. But how was the vast territory of the empire controlled? Did the demands of central government stimulate economic growth or endanger survival? What forces of cohesion operated to balance the social and economic inequalities and high mortality rates? How did the official religion react in the face of the diffusion of alien cults and the emergence of Christianity?

These are some of the many questions posed here, in an expanded edition of the original, pathbreaking account of the society, economy and culture of the Roman empire. As an integrated study of the life and outlook of the life and outlook of the ordinary inhabitants of the Roman world, it deepens our understanding of the underlying factors in this important formative period of world history. Additions to the second edition include an introductory chapter which sets the scene and explores the consequences for government and the governing classes of the replacement of the Republic by the rule of emperors. A second extra chapter assesses how far Rome’s subjects resisted her hegemony. Addenda to the chapters throughout offer up-to-date bibliography and discussion of the state of the question, and point to new evidence and approaches which have enlivened Roman history in recent decades.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520060678
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 6/12/1987
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 738,709
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Garnsey is Emeritus Professor of the History of Classical Antiquity and a Fellow of Jesus College, University of Cambridge, UK. His publications include Social Status and Legal Privilege in the Roman Empire (1970), Famine and Food Supply in the Graeco-Roman World (1988), Ideas of Slavery from Aristotle to Augustine (1996), Cities, Peasants and Food (1998), Food and Society in Classical Antiquity (1999) and Thinking about Property, antiquity to the age of revolution (2007).

Richard Saller is the Dean of the School of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University, USA. He is the author of Personal Patronage under the Early Empire (1982), Patriarchy, Property, and Death in the Roman Family (1994), co-editor of The Cambridge Economic History of Greco-Roman World (2007).

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Table of Contents


Part I
1. Introducing the Principate
2. A Mediterranean Empire, Addendum
3. Government without Bureaucracy, Addendum
4. Enemies of Rome by M. Goodman, Addendum by M. Goodman

Part II
5. An Underdeveloped Economy, Addendum
6. The Land, Addendum
7. Supplying the Roman Empire, Addendum

Part III
8. The Social Hierarchy, Addendum
9. Family and Household, Addendum
10. Social Relations, Addendum

Part IV
11. Religion, Addendum by R.L. Gordon
12. Culture, Addendum by J. Elsner and G. Woolf

Supplementary bibliography
List of Emperors

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