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Empire and Ideology in the Graeco-Roman World
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  • Date Published: July 2021
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316501672

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About the Authors
  • Benjamin Isaac is one of the most distinguished historians of the ancient world, with a number of landmark monographs to his name. This volume collects most of his published articles and book chapters of the last two decades, many of which are not easy to access, and republishes them for the first time along with some brand new chapters. The focus is on Roman concepts of state and empire and mechanisms of control and integration. Isaac also discusses ethnic and cultural relationships in the Roman Empire and the limits of tolerance and integration, as well as attitudes to foreigners and minorities, including Jews. The book will appeal to scholars and students of ancient, imperial, and military history, as well as to those interested in the ancient history of problems which still resonate in today's societies.

    • Provides new and unconventional perspectives on the nature of Roman imperial rule, ancient warfare, and attitudes towards Jews and other minorities in the Roman world
    • Demonstrates how modern issues of power conflicts and religious and racist strife can be understood through comparison with ancient precedents
    • Unites some recent published papers with several entirely new chapters to provide readers with an up-to-date and comprehensive view of Isaac's work
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    Reviews & endorsements

    '… there is much to be learned from this book about a large number of areas in which the reader may not have expertise and, in those where his or her interests lie, it can be seen that it provokes reflection and thought.' Scripta Classica Israelica

    '… anyone interested in imperialism, the Roman military, Graeco-Roman racism, and the Roman Near East will find much of value in this book. It is one of the strengths of this collection and Isaac’s work in general that it provokes important reappraisals of fundamental aspects of the ancient Mediterranean world.' Conor Whately, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2021
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316501672
    • length: 382 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 150 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.56kg
    • contains: 1 map
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Roma Aeterna
    2. Roman victory displayed: symbols, allegories, and personificiations?
    3. Army and violence
    4. Innovation and war
    5. Core-periphery notions
    6. Names: ethnic, geographic and administrative
    7. Attitudes towards provincial intellectuals in the Roman Empire
    8. Proto-racism in Graeco-Roman antiquity
    9. The barbarian in Greek and Roman literature
    10. Romans and nomads in the fourth century
    11. A multi-cultural Mediterranean?
    12. Latin in cities of the Roman Near East
    13. Ancient antisemitism
    14. Roman religious policy and the Bar Kokhba war
    15. Jews, Christians and others in Palestine: the evidence from Eusebius
    16. Roman organization in the Arabah in the fourth century AD
    17. Hatra against Rome and Persia: from success to destruction.

  • Author

    Benjamin Isaac, Tel-Aviv University
    Benjamin Isaac is Lessing Professor of Ancient History Emeritus in the Department of Classics at Tel Aviv University. He is the author of The Limits of Empire: the Roman Army in the East (1990) and The Origins of Racism in Classical Antiquity (2004). He is a member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities and of the American Philosophical Society, as well as being an Israel Prize Laureate.

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