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Roman Disasters

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ISBN-10: 074565102X

ISBN-13: 9780745651026

Edition: 2013

Authors: Jerry Toner

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Roman Disasters looks at how the Romans coped with, thought about, and used disasters for their own ends. Rome has been famous throughout history for its great triumphs. Yet Rome also suffered colossal disasters. From the battle of Cannae, where fifty thousand men fell in a single day, to the destruction of Pompeii, to the first appearance of the bubonic plague, the Romans experienced large scale calamities.Earthquakes, fires, floods and famines also regularly afflicted them.This insightful book is the first to treat such disasters as a conceptual unity. It shows that vulnerability to disasters was affected by politics, social status, ideology and economics. Above all, it illustrates how…    
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Book details

Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Polity Press
Publication date: 4/29/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 224
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

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Acknowledgements
What is a Disaster?
Rome's Disasters
The Disaster Experience
Dealing with the Aftermath
Thinking about Disaster
A Culture of Risk
Narratives of Disaster
Inflicting Catastrophe
The Psychological Impact
Roman Disasters in Context
Notes
Bibliography
Index