Roman Social History: A Sourcebook

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Professor of Ancient History Tim Parkin, Tim Parkin, Arthur Pomeroy
Routledge, Oct 17, 2007 - History - 408 pages
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This Sourcebook contains a comprehensive collection of sources on the topic of the social history of the Roman world during the late Republic and the first two centuries AD.

Designed to form the basis for courses in Roman social history, this excellent resource covers original translations from sources such as inscriptions, papyri, and legal texts. Topics include:

  • social inequality and class
  • games, gladiators and attitudes to violence
  • the role of slaves in Roman society
  • economy and taxation
  • the Roman legal system
  • the Roman family and gender roles.

Including extensive explanatory notes, maps and bibliographies, this Sourcebook is the ideal resource for all students and teachers embarking on a course in Roman social history.

  

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
1 SOCIAL CLASSES
3
2 DEMOGRAPHY
43
3 FAMILY AND HOUSEHOLD
72
4 EDUCATION
136
5 SLAVERY
154
6 POVERTY
205
7 THE ECONOMY
244
8 THE LEGAL SYSTEM AND COURTS
292
9 LEISURE AND GAMES
328
LIFE EXPECTANCY
354
THE ROMAN STATUS HIERARCHY
357
GREEK AND ROMAN WEIGHTS MEASURES AND COINAGE
359
INDEX LOCORUM
361
GENERAL INDEX
369
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About the author (2007)

Tim G. Parkin is Professor of Ancient History at the University of Manchester.

Arthur J. Pomeroy is Associate Professor of Classics at the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

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