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Rome, Parthia, and the Politics of Peace: The Origins of War in the Ancient Middle East

Rome, Parthia, and the Politics of Peace: The Origins of War in the Ancient Middle East

1st Edition

Jason M. Schlude
January 17, 2020

This volume offers an informed survey of the problematic relationship between the ancient empires of Rome and Parthia from c. 96/95 BCE to 224 CE. Schlude explores the rhythms of this relationship and invites its readers to reconsider the past and our relationship with it. Some have looked to this...

Rome and Judaea: International Law Relations, 162-100 BCE

Rome and Judaea: International Law Relations, 162-100 BCE

1st Edition

Linda Zollschan
December 12, 2019

Rome and Judaea explores the nature of Judaea’s first diplomatic mission to Rome during the Maccabean revolt: did it result in a sanctioned treaty or was it founded instead on amity? This book breaks new ground in this debate by bringing to light the "Roman-Jewish Friendship tablet," a newly...

Rewriting Ancient Jewish History: The History of the Jews in Roman Times and the New Historical Method

Rewriting Ancient Jewish History: The History of the Jews in Roman Times and the New Historical Method

1st Edition

Amram Tropper
December 12, 2019

Half a century ago, the primary contours of the history of the Jews in Roman times were not subject to much debate. This standard account collapsed, however, when a handful of insights undermined the traditional historical method, the method long enlisted by historians for eliciting facts from...

Truth and History in the Ancient World: Pluralising the Past

Truth and History in the Ancient World: Pluralising the Past

1st Edition

Lisa Hau, Ian Ruffell
December 10, 2019

This collection of essays investigates histories in the ancient world and the extent to which the producers and consumers of those histories believed them to be true. Ancient Greek historiographers repeatedly stressed the importance of truth to history; yet they also purported to believe in myth,...

The Tombs of Pompeii: Organization, Space, and Society

The Tombs of Pompeii: Organization, Space, and Society

1st Edition

Virginia Campbell
December 10, 2019

This book offers a comprehensive overview of the tombs of Pompeii and its immediate environs, examining the funerary culture of the population, delving into the importance of social class and self-representation, and developing a broad understanding of Pompeii’s funerary epigraphy and business. The...

Imagining Ancient Cities in Film: From Babylon to Cinecitta

Imagining Ancient Cities in Film: From Babylon to Cinecitta

1st Edition

Marta Garcia Morcillo, Pauline Hanesworth, Óscar Marchena
December 10, 2019

In film imagery, urban spaces show up not only as spatial settings of a story, but also as projected ideas and forms that aim to recreate and capture the spirit of cultures, societies and epochs. Some cinematic cities have even managed to transcend fiction to become part of modern collective memory...

The Plight of Rome in the Fifth Century AD

The Plight of Rome in the Fifth Century AD

1st Edition

Mark Merrony
December 06, 2019

The Plight of Rome in the Fifth Century AD argues that the fall of the western Roman Empire was rooted in a significant drop in war booty, agricultural productivity, and mineral resources. Merrony proposes that a dependency on the three economic components was established with the Principate, when...

A History of the Pyrrhic War

A History of the Pyrrhic War

1st Edition

Patrick Alan Kent
August 23, 2019

A History of the Pyrrhic War explores the multi-polar nature of a conflict that involved the Romans, peoples of Italy, western Greeks, and Carthaginians during Pyrrhus’ western campaign in the early third century BCE. The war occurred nearly a century before the first historical writings in Rome,...

Sallust's Histories and Triumviral Historiography: Confronting the End of History

Sallust's Histories and Triumviral Historiography: Confronting the End of History

1st Edition

Jennifer Gerrish
May 21, 2019

Sallust’s Histories and Triumviral Historiography explores the historiographical innovations of the first century Roman historian Sallust, focusing on the fragmentary Histories, an account of the turbulent years after the death of the dictator Sulla. The Histories were written during the violent...

Geopolitics in Late Antiquity: The Fate of Superpowers from China to Rome

Geopolitics in Late Antiquity: The Fate of Superpowers from China to Rome

1st Edition

Hyun Jin Kim
October 09, 2018

Geopolitics in Late Antiquity explores the geopolitical revolution which shook the foundations of the ancient world, the dawning of the millennium of Inner Asian dominance and virtual monopoly of world power (with interludes) that began with the rise of the Huns and then continued under the...

Image and Reality of Roman Imperial Power in the Third Century AD: The Impact of War

Image and Reality of Roman Imperial Power in the Third Century AD: The Impact of War

1st Edition

Lukas de Blois
August 17, 2018

Image and Reality of Roman Imperial Power in the Third Century AD focuses on the wide range of available sources of Roman imperial power in the period AD 193-284, ranging from literary and economic texts, to coins and other artefacts. This volume examines the impact of war on the foundations of the...

The Popes and the Church of Rome in Late Antiquity

The Popes and the Church of Rome in Late Antiquity

1st Edition

John Moorhead
June 16, 2017

In the past few decades there has been an explosion of interest in the period of late antiquity. Rather than being viewed within a paradigm of the fall of the Roman Empire, these centuries have come to be seen as a time of immense creativity and significance in western history. Popes and the Church...

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