The Romans: An Introduction

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Overview

The Romans provides an accessible introduction to the history, society, and scholarship of one of the most captivating and enduring civilizations in human history. From the establishment of the monarchy and the Republican era to the decline of the Empire, this comprehensive volume examines every aspect of Roman culture from both historical and archaeological perspectives. In addition to surveying the well-estbalished subjects of Roman history, author Kevin McGeough discusses the latest events in the archaeological investigation of Rome, such as the recent excavations at the Temple of Castor and Pollux in the Roman Forum and the controversial identification of an ossuary thought by some to hold the body of James, the brother of Jesus. The text is accompanied by carefully chosen illustrations, maps, a glossary, and chronology. Throughout, general readers and students will gain a vivid understanding of Roman civilization and of why it still captures our imagination today.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195379860
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 3/17/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Kevin McGeough is Assistant Professor of Archaeology at The University of Lethbridge. He is an editor of the ABC-CLIO Encyclopedia of World History, and is series editor for The Intimate Lives of Ancient People.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Introduction

Ch. 1 Introduction 3

Pt. 2 Roman Civilization

Ch. 2 Location of Roman Civilization and Environmental Setting 19

Ch. 3 Historical and Chronological Setting 32

Ch. 4 Origins, Growth, and Decline of Roman Civilization 53

Ch. 5 Economics 97

Ch. 6 Social Organization and Social Structure 121

Ch. 7 Politics 153

Ch. 8 Religion and Ideology 178

Ch. 9 Material Culture 207

Ch. 10 Intellectual Accomplishments 248

Pt. 3 Current Assessments

Ch. 11 Major Controversies and Future Directions in the Study of Roman Civilization 287

Glossary 307

Chronology 333

Sources for Further Study 339

Index 367

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