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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

Forthcoming

Jason M. Schlude
February 03, 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...

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 Plight of Rome in the Fifth Century AD

The Plight of Rome in the Fifth Century AD

1st Edition

Mark Merrony
July 27, 2017

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...

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...

Banishment in the Later Roman Empire, 284-476 CE

Banishment in the Later Roman Empire, 284-476 CE

1st Edition

Daniel Washburn
May 31, 2017

This book offers a reconstruction and interpretation of banishment in the final era of a unified Roman Empire, 284-476 CE. Author Daniel Washburn argues that exile was both a penalty and a symbol. It applied to those who committed a misstep or crossed the wrong person; it also stood as a marker of...

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

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

1st Edition

Linda Zollschan
December 13, 2016

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...

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 06, 2016

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,...

Immigrant Women in Athens: Gender, Ethnicity, and Citizenship in the Classical City

Immigrant Women in Athens: Gender, Ethnicity, and Citizenship in the Classical City

1st Edition

Rebecca Futo Kennedy
November 10, 2016

Many of the women whose names are known to history from Classical Athens were metics or immigrants, linked in the literature with assumptions of being ‘sexually exploitable.’ Despite recent scholarship on women in Athens beyond notions of the ‘citizen wife’ and the ‘common prostitute,’ the...

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
May 05, 2016

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...

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