By David S. Potter

ISBN-10: 1405178264

ISBN-13: 9781405178266

A significant other to the Roman Empire presents readers with a advisor either to Roman imperial background and to the sector of Roman reviews, taking account of the latest discoveries.

This significant other brings jointly thirty unique essays guiding readers via Roman imperial historical past and the sector of Roman studies.
Shows that Roman imperial background is a compelling and colourful subject.
Includes major new contributions to varied components of Roman imperial history.
Covers the social, highbrow, financial and cultural heritage of the Roman Empire.
Contains an in depth bibliography.

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The virtues of the senator were hard work and frugality. They earned their offices by working at the jobs that were necessary to learn their craft. There was something wrong if they did not. 2). 3). He admired Clodius Pompeianus, a man so respected by Marcus that he allowed him to marry his widowed daughter Lucilla, formerly wife of Marcus’ co-emperor, Lucius Verus. Even Commodus at his worst had to respect him. 1). Cassius Dio did go to the games and noted a colossal breakdown in the mutual respect owed the Senate by the emperor and vice-versa.

Kehoe’s chapter traces the conservative attitudes of landholders who saw their investments in land as preserving social status, and prevented the Roman economy from developing to its full potential. Despite criticisms that may be leveled at their conclusions, the work of Syme, Finley, and Rostovtzeff retains the interest of current practitioners because of their ability to achieve the seamless unity of different styles of scholarship. In Rostovtzeff’s case, his lasting contribution to scholarship was his insistence on studying material culture alongside the evidence of texts of all sorts (Rives, this volume).

Moses Finley was, like Brunt, a man whose contributions to ancient history range far beyond the Roman imperial period. His intellectual precocity is evident from the fact that he took a degree in psychology at Syracuse University at the age of fifteen (Whittaker 1996: 460). Moving on to Columbia, where he took an MA in public law, he met his future wife, a classicist, and enrolled in the PhD program in ancient history (Whittaker 1996: 461). At the time that he finished his graduate work, Jews were not readily welcomed in the East Coast establishment that dominated American academe in the first part of the century.

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