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Roman Europe

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ISBN-10: 0199266018

ISBN-13: 9780199266012

Edition: 2008

Authors: Edward Bispham

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An international team of expert contributors provides both an introduction to and an interpretation of the key themes and developments in the history of Europe, from the earliest days of Rome through to AD 400.
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Book details

List price: $26.49
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 10/30/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 392
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

List of Illustrations
List of Maps
List of Contributors
Peoples of temperate Europe before the Roman conquest
The Late Bronze Age background
Towns, trade, and status in the Early Iron Age (800-450 BC)
New styles and changing relationships (450-400 BC)
Larger communities and public ritual (400-150 BC)
Urban centres of the Late Iron Age
The native peoples and Rome
Approaches to understanding changes at the end of the Iron Age
The Roman Republic: political history
From monarchy to Republic
The early Republic (c.509-338)
The middle Republic (c.338-218): formalization of the state
Foreign relations to the end of the Hannibalic War
World domination, political strife
The end of the Republic
The Roman Empire from Augustus to Diocletian
Europe in the empire
The sources
From triumvir to princeps
Government: city and empire
The governing class
The emperor and the army
The transmission of power: Tiberius to the Antonines
Centre and periphery
The Augustan settlement renegotiated
The principate in crisis
The empire at the accession of Diocletian
Roman society
The Roman household
familia, domus and social networks
Warfare and the Army
War: what is it good for?
Who did the fighting?
War and society: Rome and Italy
The impact of war: the empire
Economy and trade
Distribution and trade
Consumption and services
Coinage and monetization
City and countryside
The third century and after
The Roman European economy in the perspective of the longue duree
A history divine
The shock of the old
sacra publica-the 'state religion'
sacra priuata
North-western Europe
The empire: the third century AD
The cultural implications of the Roman conquest
The problem
Politics, law, and language
Cities, architecture, and art
Landscapes and communities
The fourth century
A brief history of the fourth century
Rome in the fourth century
The wandering imperial 'capital': Trier, Milan, and Aquileia
'Cadavers of half-ruined cities': towns of fourth-century Roman Europe
Urban defences
Defence in the countryside: the return to oppida
The countryside
Paganism and Christianity beyond the imperial 'capitals'
Conclusion: being Roman in fourth-century Europe
Peoples beyond the Roman imperial frontiers
Roman representations of barbarians
Warlike barbarians
Archaeology of the peoples beyond the frontiers
Dynamics of change from the third to the fifth century
The archaeology of interaction in the frontier zone
Further Reading