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Ordering Knowledge in the Roman Empire

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Jason König,Tim Whitmarsh, John Wilkins, Andrew Riggsby, Victoria Rimell, James Warren, John Henderson, Alice König, Serafina Cuomo, Thomas Habinek, Rebecca Flemming
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  • Date Published: December 2007
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521859691

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  • The Romans commanded the largest and most complex empire the world had ever seen, or would see until modern times. The challenges, however, were not just political, economic and military: Rome was also the hub of a vast information network, drawing in worldwide expertise and refashioning it for its own purposes. This fascinating 2007 collection of essays considers the dialogue between technical literature and imperial society, drawing on, developing and critiquing a range of modern cultural theories (including those of Michel Foucault and Edward Said). How was knowledge shaped into textual forms, and how did those forms encode relationships between emperor and subjects, theory and practice, Roman and Greek, centre and periphery? Ordering Knowledge in the Roman Empire will be required reading for those concerned with the intellectual and cultural history of the Roman Empire, and its lasting legacy in the medieval world and beyond.

    • Innovative approach to Roman imperialism, focusing upon knowledge rather than politics, economics or the army
    • Engages with a vast body of technical literature that is rarely read on its own terms
    • Develops and critiques influential modern theories (Michel Foucault, Edward Said)
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    In sum, this volume comes highly recommended on account of the wide range of authors it considers; the variety of analytical methods it employs; and its nuanced understanding of the relationship between compilations of knowledge and their contexts. --BCMR

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    • Date Published: December 2007
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521859691
    • length: 318 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 159 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.654kg
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - no date available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introduction:
    1. Ordering knowledge Jason König and Tim Whitmarsh
    Part II. Knowledge and Textual Order:
    2. Fragmentation and coherence in Plutarch's Quaestiones Convivales Jason König
    3. Galen and Athenaeus in the Hellenistic library John Wilkins
    4. Guides to the wor(l)d Andrew Riggsby
    5. Petronius' lessons in learning - the hard way Victoria Rimell
    6. Diogenes Laërtius, biographer of philosophy James Warren
    7. The creation of Isidore's Etymologies or Origins John Henderson
    Part III. Knowledge and Social Order:
    8. Knowledge and power in Frontinus' On Aqueducts Alice König
    9. Measures for an emperor: Volusius Maecianus' monetary pamphlet for Marcus Aurelius Serafina Cuomo
    10. Probing the entrails of the universe: astrology as bodily knowledge in Manilius' Astronomica Thomas Habinek
    11. Galen's imperial order of knowledge Rebecca Flemming.

  • Editors

    Jason König, University of St Andrews, Scotland

    Tim Whitmarsh, University of Exeter

    Contributors

    Jason König,Tim Whitmarsh, John Wilkins, Andrew Riggsby, Victoria Rimell, James Warren, John Henderson, Alice König, Serafina Cuomo, Thomas Habinek, Rebecca Flemming

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