Roman Social History

Roman Social History

Roman Social History

Roman Social History

Synopsis

This lively and original guidebook is the first to show students new to the subject exactly what Roman social history involves, and how they can study it for themselves.After presenting a short history of the development and current position of the discipline, the author discusses the kinds of evidence that can be used, and the full range of resources available. Two case-studies provide practical examples of how to approach sources, and what we can learn from them.Clear, concise and accessible, with all text extracts translated into English, this is the ideal introduction to an increasingly popular subject.

Excerpt

I am grateful to Richard Stoneman for inviting me to write this book and for the constant help and encouragement he has given. It has been an unalloyed pleasure to work with the team from Routledge.

This book is intended to help a student make a start in specialised work on Roman social history. To some extent, it represents the tips I would like to give or to have given to each of my own students at an appropriate moment. In part, it is what I would have liked to know when I started out about forty years ago. Often I have stated what will appear obvious to many readers, in the hope that it might make things more accessible to others. Most of us have odd and often embarrassing gaps in our knowledge. It must be emphatically stated that this is not all you will need to know. We always have to learn.

Some of the material has been used for Stanford classes, but my debt to Stanford and Ottawa students is more general. I have taught a variety of courses on Roman social history during the last thirty years and hope I have learned in the process. I owe an especial debt to those graduate students with whom I have worked (or just talked) and who chose to write on topics which involved social history: particularly David Cherry, Leonard Curchin and Roberto Melfi at Ottawa; Andrew Bell, Paul Chénier, Nicholas Cofod, Cynthia Damon, Lesley Dean-Jones, Judith Evans Grubbs, Peter Hunt, Margaret Imber, James Rives

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