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Sociological Studies in Roman History


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Christopher Kelly, Caroline Vout, Walter Scheidel, Neville Morley, Willem M. Jongman, Peter Fibiger Bang, Mamoru Ikeguchi, Jaś Elsner, Keith Bradley, William Harris, Catharine Edwards, Kate Cooper, Greg Woolf, Mary Beard
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  • Date Published: November 2017
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107018914

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  • Keith Hopkins was a sociologist and Professor of Ancient History at Cambridge from 1985 to 2001. He is widely recognised as one of the most radical, innovative and influential Roman historians of his generation. This volume presents fourteen of Hopkins' essays on an impressive range of subjects: contraception, demography, economic history, slavery, literacy, imperial power, Roman religion, Early Christianity, and the social and political structures of the ancient world. The papers have been re-edited and revised with accompanying essays by Hopkins' colleagues, friends and former students. This volume brings Hopkins' work up to date. It sets his distinctive and pioneering use of sociological approaches in a wider intellectual context and explores his lasting impact on the ways that ancient history is now written. This volume will interest all those fascinated by Rome and its empire, and particularly those eager to experience challenging and controversial ways of understanding the past.

    • Presents a revised and accessible collection of fourteen important essays on Roman history by Keith Hopkins, one of the most influential and controversial ancient historians of the last fifty years
    • Commentary essays by senior scholars bring Hopkins' work up to date and set it in a wider intellectual context
    • Includes a substantial introduction on Hopkins' career, intellectual history and innovative methodology
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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107018914
    • length: 640 pages
    • dimensions: 224 x 146 x 36 mm
    • weight: 0.87kg
    • contains: 19 b/w illus. 10 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: Keith Hopkins: sighting shots Christopher Kelly
    1. Contraception in the Roman Empire
    2. A textual emendation in a fragment of Musonius Rufus: a note on contraception
    Afterword Caroline Vout
    3. On the probable age structure of the Roman population
    4. Graveyards for historians
    Afterword Walter Scheidel
    5. Economic growths and towns in antiquity
    Afterword Neville Morley
    6. Taxes and trade in the Roman empire (200 BC–AD 400)
    Afterword Willem M. Jongman
    7. Models, ships and staples
    Afterword Peter Fibiger Bang and Mamoru Ikeguchi
    8. From violence to blessing: symbols and rituals in ancient Rome
    Afterword Jaś Elsner
    9. Slavery in classical antiquity
    Afterword Keith Bradley
    10. Conquest by book
    Afterword William Harris
    11. Novel evidence for Roman slavery
    Afterword Catharine Edwards
    12. Christian number and its implications
    Afterword Kate Cooper
    13. The political economy of the Roman empire
    Afterword Greg Woolf
    14. How to be a Roman emperor: an autobiography
    Afterword Mary Beard.

  • Author

    Keith Hopkins, University of Cambridge


    Christopher Kelly, University of Cambridge
    Christopher Kelly is Professor of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Cambridge and President of Corpus Christi College. His books include Ruling the Later Roman Empire (2004), The End of Empire: Attila the Hun and the Fall of Rome (2009) and Theodosius II: Rethinking the Roman Empire in Late Antiquity (Cambridge, 2013). He is editor of the Journal of Roman Studies. He owes a great deal of his fascination with power and the workings of institutions to Keith Hopkins who supervised his doctoral thesis on 'Bureaucracy and corruption in the Later Roman Empire'.


    Christopher Kelly, Caroline Vout, Walter Scheidel, Neville Morley, Willem M. Jongman, Peter Fibiger Bang, Mamoru Ikeguchi, Jaś Elsner, Keith Bradley, William Harris, Catharine Edwards, Kate Cooper, Greg Woolf, Mary Beard

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