The Roman Empire in Context: Historical and Comparative Perspectives

The Roman Empire in Context: Historical and Comparative Perspectives

by Johann P. Arnason
     
 

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While historians, sociologists, and political scientists have long recognized the importance of the Roman Empire, surprisingly little serious comparative analysis is currently available on this fascinating period in world history. The Roman Empire in Context: Historical and Comparative Perspectives addresses this neglected area of study and establishes

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While historians, sociologists, and political scientists have long recognized the importance of the Roman Empire, surprisingly little serious comparative analysis is currently available on this fascinating period in world history. The Roman Empire in Context: Historical and Comparative Perspectives addresses this neglected area of study and establishes Rome’s significance within comparative studies. Various lines of inquiry and interpretation are explored through a series of thought-provoking essays by distinguished scholars from around the world.

Essays in the first section trace the origins, development, and expansion of Roman society and empire from their beginnings through the transition from Republic to Empire to the empire’s greatest expansion. Other sections address the empire's transformation in Late Antiquity, not least under the impact of Christianization; the legacy of the Roman Empire in East and West; and comparative perspectives on other ancient empires such as China and Assyria. Final essays offer broad conceptual and theoretical reflections about the Roman phenomenon.

With an approach that is both contextual and comparative, The Roman Empire in Context: Historical and Comparative Perspectives provides a wealth of insight into the Roman experience and enhances our understanding of Rome’s ongoing relevance to the modern world.

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"Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students/faculty." (Choice, 1 November 2011)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470655573
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
02/22/2011
Series:
Ancient World: Comparative Histories Series, #4
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.80(h) x 1.00(d)

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From the Publisher
"Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students/faculty." (Choice, 1 November 2011)

Meet the Author

Johann P. Arnason is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia, and Visiting Professor at the Charles University in Prague. His recent publications include Civilizations in Dispute: Historical Questions and Theoretical Traditions (2003); Axial Civilizations and World History (co-ed., 2005); Eurasian Transformations, 10th to 13th Centuries: Crystallizations, Divergences, Renaissances (co-ed., 2005), and Domains and Divisions of European History (co-ed., 2010)

Kurt A. Raaflaub is David Herlihy University Professor and Professor of Classics and History Emeritus at Brown University, where he was also Director of the Program in Ancient Studies. Recent publications include The Discovery of Freedom in Ancient Greece (2004, winner of the American Historical Association’s James Henry Breasted Prize), War and Peace in the Ancient World (ed., 2007); Origins of Democracy in Ancient Greece (co-author, 2007); A Companion to Archaic Greece (co-ed., 2009); and Epic and History (co-ed., 2010).

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