Ancient Rome : the archaeology of the eternal city by J. C. Coulston, Hazel Dodge

By J. C. Coulston, Hazel Dodge

An immense new booklet at the archaeology of Rome. The chapters, by means of an striking checklist of participants, are written to be as up to date and precious as attainable, detailing plenty of new learn. There are new maps for the topography and monuments of Rome, an important learn bibliography containing 1,700 titles and the quantity is richly illustrated. crucial for all Roman students and scholars. Contents: Preface: a bird's eye view (Peter Wiseman); advent (Jon Coulston and Hazel Dodge); Early and Archaic Rome (Christopher Smith); the town of Rome within the center Republic (Tim Cornell); the ethical museum: Augustus and a twin of Rome (Susan Walker); Armed and belted males: the soldiery in Imperial Rome (Jon Coulston); the development in Imperial Rome (Janet Delaine and G Aldrete); The feeding of Imperial Rome: the mechanics of the nutrition offer approach (David Mattingly); `Greater than the pyramids': the water provide of old Rome (Hazel Dodge); interesting Rome (Kathleen Coleman); dwelling and loss of life in town of Rome: homes and tombs (John Patterson); Religions of Rome (Simon Price); Rome within the overdue Empire (Neil Christie); Archaeology and innovation (Hugh Petter); Appendix: resources for the examine of old Rome (Jon Coulston and Hazel Dodge).

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70 In fact, however, it is far from self-evident that there would be solidarity among noble families directed against ambitious outsiders, or in pursuit of collective dominance and the preservation or expansion of their competitive advantages, since after all the nobiles were engaged in intense competition with each other. 71 Furthermore, some years ago Nathan Rosenstein persuasively elucidated an element of the collective ethos of the leadership class that had not been clearly discerned. Rosenstein observed that many Roman magistrates who had suffered military defeat while in command during their period of office afterwards continued their careers without a setback.

There is potential here to make a very considerable contribution to social history. For this purpose the most important sources are the Model Life Tables for pre-industrial societies, which alone make a quantitative approach possible; and demographic assertions without a quantitative basis remain impressionistic and of limited validity. That the application of the Model Life Tables has been accepted in general despite some criticism is also connected with a clear adjustment of goals found already in Hopkins’s work.

73 The group in which this solidarity operated, that is, was that of all magistrates, who were of course senators. The essential point however is that here we come upon a restriction upon competition that was self-regulating and evidently functioned well – which proves that senators and young politicians striving to enter the Senate were in a position to establish and respect such rules. Ultimately it is not of great importance whether one describes the nobility, the most esteemed families of the senatorial political class, as an aristocracy.

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