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By David S. Potter

A significant other to the Roman Empire presents readers with a consultant either to Roman imperial historical past and to the sphere of Roman experiences, taking account of the latest discoveries.

  • This spouse brings jointly thirty unique essays guiding readers via Roman imperial heritage and the sphere of Roman studies
  • Shows that Roman imperial heritage is a compelling and colourful subject
  • Includes major new contributions to varied components of Roman imperial history

  • Covers the social, highbrow, monetary and cultural historical past of the Roman Empire

  • Contains an intensive bibliography

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Conditions of life in late nineteenthcentury rural Russia were closer to those in the Roman Empire than they were to those of the mid-twentieth century. 3 The Ancient Economy: Hugo Jones, Peter Brunt, and Moses Finley The real strength of Rostovtzeff’s work was his sense that the ancient economy had to be treated within the context of ancient social relations. It took a scholar with the vast intellectual range of A. H. M. Jones to understand the true power of Rostovtzeff’s analysis and attempt a creative reformation of his understanding of the ancient economy as a tool for analyzing the institutional structures of social control (A.

3). Equestrian offices – Macrinus had never been a senator – were graded by salary, and Macrinus clearly thought that the gift of the salary would stand for the office. This was a clear sign to Dio that Macrinus simply did not understand how senators thought. To achieve distinction was no easy thing. Dio makes it plain that a senator needed both to be respected by his peers and to have that respect recognized by the ruler. Their lives were filled with constant testing, and occasionally desperate balancing acts between the interests of class and those of the ruler.

The consequence was that he obtained a position at Rutgers in 1946 rather than at a major research university, and that he was left unprotected when the scourge of McCarthyism struck (Whittaker 1996: 462– 4). In the wake of his genuinely heroic resistance to McCarthyism, which cost him his job at Rutgers, he moved into the little more welcoming environment of the British university. The move was possible thanks to the intervention of the brilliant Greek historian, Tony Andrewes, a product of Winchester and New College, who lived up to his liberal ideals (and was, at the same time, supporting the career of another brilliant Introduction 7 Jewish scholar, the epigraphist David Lewis).

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