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Popular Culture in the Ancient World


Lucy Grig, Mirko Canevaro, James Robson, Cristina Rosillo-López, Cyril Courrier, Tom Hawkins, Alexandre Vincent, Jerry Toner, Victoria Jennings, April Pudsey, Nicola Denzey Lewis, Jaclyn Maxwell, Julio Cesar Magalhães de Oliveira
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  • Date Published: July 2021
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107427532

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  • Popular Culture in the Ancient World is the first book to provide an interdisciplinary study of the subject. Traditionally neglected by classical scholars, popular culture provides a new window through which we can view the ancient world. An international group of scholars tackles a fascinating range of subjects and objects - from dice oracles to dressing up, from toys to theological speculation. Diverse comparative and theoretical approaches are used alongside many different ancient sources to provide a wide-ranging and rigorous approach to ancient popular culture. After a substantive introduction, the book moves from classical Greece through the Roman Empire to end in the late antique world. It enriches our understanding of the ancient world as well as our conception of the legacy of the ancient world in our own.

    • The first English-language book to examine popular culture across the ancient world
    • Includes a substantial introduction, laying out the field and its methodology
    • Provides a solid introduction as well as a detailed study for advanced scholars
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    • Date Published: July 2021
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107427532
    • length: 379 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 169 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.66kg
    • contains: 6 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: approaching popular culture in the ancient world Lucy Grig
    Part I. Classical Greece:
    2. The popular culture of the Athenian institutions: 'authorized' popular culture and 'unauthorized' elite culture in classical Athens Mirko Canevaro
    3. Humouring the masses: the theatre audience and highs and lows of Aristophanic comedy James Robson
    Part II. Rome:
    4. Popular public opinion in a nutshell: nicknames and non-elite political culture in the Late Republic Cristina Rosillo-López
    5. Plebeian culture in the city of Rome, from the Late Republic to the Early Empire Cyril Courrier
    6. Pollio's paradox: popular invective and the transition to Empire Tom Hawkins
    7. The music of power and the power of music: studying popular auditory culture in ancient Rome Alexandre Vincent
    Part III. The Roman Empire: Greece, Rome and Beyond:
    8. The intellectual life of the Roman non-elite Jerry Toner
    9. Divination and popular culture Victoria Jennings
    10. Children's cultures in Roman Egypt April Pudsey
    Part IV. Late Antiquity:
    11. Interpreting the Kalends of January in late antiquity: a case study for late antique popular culture? Lucy Grig
    12. Popular Christianity and lived religion in late antique Rome: seeing magic in the catacombs Nicola Denzey Lewis
    13. Popular theology in late antiquity Jaclyn Maxwell
    14. Communication and plebeian sociability in late antiquity: the view from North Africa in the age of Augustine Julio Cesar Magalhães de Oliveira.

  • Editor

    Lucy Grig, University of Edinburgh
    Lucy Grig is Senior Lecturer in Roman History in the Department of Classics at the University of Edinburgh where she also directs the MSc in Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine Studies. She is the author of Making Martyrs in Late Antiquity (2004) and co-editor, with Gavin Kelly, of Two Romes: Rome and Constantinople in Late Antiquity (2012). She has also written a number of articles and book chapters on the cultural and religious history of late antiquity.


    Lucy Grig, Mirko Canevaro, James Robson, Cristina Rosillo-López, Cyril Courrier, Tom Hawkins, Alexandre Vincent, Jerry Toner, Victoria Jennings, April Pudsey, Nicola Denzey Lewis, Jaclyn Maxwell, Julio Cesar Magalhães de Oliveira

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