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Death and Renewal Sociological Studies in Roman History

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ISBN-10: 0521271177

ISBN-13: 9780521271172

Edition: N/A

Authors: Keith Hopkins

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This is a volume of studies concerned with death and its impact on the social order. The first topic considered is gladiatorial combat; not merely popular entertainment, it was also an important element in Roman politics. The book then investigates the composition of the political elite in the late Republic and Principate (249 BC - AD 235), showing that ideals of hereditary succession disguised high rates of social mobility. The final chapter ranges over aristocratic death rituals and tombs, funerals and ghost stories, to t he search for immortality and the power of the Roman dead in distributing property by written wills.
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Book details

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 6/27/1985
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Keith Hopkins is a professor of ancient history at King's College, Cambridge, & a fellow of the British Academy. He lives in Cambridge, England.

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