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The Cambridge Companion to the Roman Republic

2nd Edition


Part of Cambridge Companions to the Ancient World

S. P. Oakley, T. Corey Brennan, David Potter, Jürgen von Ungern-Sternberg, Karl-Joachim Hölkeskamp, Phyllis Culham, Saskia Hin, Jean-Jacques Aubert, Brent D. Shaw, Jörg Rüpke, Kathryn Lomas, John F. Lazenby, Erich S. Gruen, Josiah Osgood, Elaine Fantham, Ann L. Kuttner, Harriet I. Flower, Mortimer N. S. Sellers
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  • Date Published: August 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107669420

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  • The Cambridge Companion to the Roman Republic examines all aspects of Roman history and civilization from 509 to 49 BC. The key development of the republican period was Rome's rise from a small city to a wealthy metropolis, which served as the international capital of an extensive Mediterranean empire. These centuries produced a classic republican political culture, closely associated with the growth of a world empire. They also witnessed the slow disintegration of republican government under the relentless and combined pressure of external commitments, growing internal dissension, and the boundless ambition of successful military leaders. In the second edition of this Companion volume, distinguished European, Canadian, and American scholars present a variety of lively current approaches to understanding the political, military, and social aspects of Roman history, as well as its literary and visual culture. The second edition includes a new introduction, three new chapters on population, slavery, and the rise of empire, and updated bibliographies and maps.

    • The second edition includes three new chapters, updated chapters throughout, a new bibliography, a new introduction, and seven new illustrations
    • Provides an up-to-date introduction to a wide variety of themes and approaches to Roman republican history and culture, covering art, literature, and culture as well as history
    • Written by an international and multidisciplinary cast of contributors
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    Praise for the first edition: 'This … is a helpful textbook for students, providing a general survey of, and clear introduction to, many of the central issues of this period. I feel sure that many students and their teachers will find individual chapters in this volume a good starting point for the study of specific topics.' Scripta Classica Israelica

    Praise for the first edition: 'Designed to be accessible to students and the general reader alike this book is warmly recommended to anyone interested in a vital, formative period of Roman history.' Arctos

    Praise for the first edition: 'This is a first rate and across the board introduction to the Roman Republic. All articles are written in a clear and easy to read language, and all authors are mindful of the fact that they should be addressing a reading public that may be non-expert but is genuinely interested in Roman things.' Ordia Prima

    Praise for the first edition: 'This is a dynamic, well-written book which contains a considerable amount of information, but remains easy to read.' Classics Ireland

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: August 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107669420
    • length: 513 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 152 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.68kg
    • contains: 46 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction to the second edition
    Introduction to the first edition
    Part I. Political and Military History:
    1. The early Republic S. P. Oakley
    2. Power and process under the republican 'constitution' T. Corey Brennan
    3. The Roman army and navy David Potter
    4. The crisis of the Republic Jürgen von Ungern-Sternberg
    Part II. Roman Society:
    5. Under Roman roofs: family, house, and household Karl-Joachim Hölkeskamp
    6. Women in the Roman Republic Phyllis Culham
    7. Population Saskia Hin
    8. The Republican economy and Roman law: regulation, promotion, or reflection? Jean-Jacques Aubert
    9. The great transformation: slavery and the free Republic Brent D. Shaw
    10. Roman religion Jörg Rüpke
    Part III. Rome's Empire:
    11. Italy and the Roman Republic 338–331 BC Kathryn Lomas
    12. Rome and Carthage John F. Lazenby
    13. Rome and the Greek world Erich S. Gruen
    14. The rise of empire in the West (264–250 BC) Josiah Osgood
    Part IV. Roman Culture:
    15. Literature in the Roman Republic Elaine Fantham
    16. Roman art during the Republic Ann L. Kuttner
    17. Spectacle and political culture in the Roman Republic Harriet I. Flower
    Part V. Epilogue: The Influence of the Roman Republic:
    18. The Roman Republic and the French and American Revolutions Mortimer N. S. Sellers.

  • Editor

    Harriet I. Flower, Princeton University, New Jersey
    Harriet I. Flower is Professor of Classics at Princeton University. The author of Ancestor Masks and Aristocratic Power in Roman Culture, The Art of Forgetting: Disgrace and Oblivion in Roman Political Culture, and Roman Republics, she has written on aspects of Roman history and drama, as well as Latin epigraphy.


    S. P. Oakley, T. Corey Brennan, David Potter, Jürgen von Ungern-Sternberg, Karl-Joachim Hölkeskamp, Phyllis Culham, Saskia Hin, Jean-Jacques Aubert, Brent D. Shaw, Jörg Rüpke, Kathryn Lomas, John F. Lazenby, Erich S. Gruen, Josiah Osgood, Elaine Fantham, Ann L. Kuttner, Harriet I. Flower, Mortimer N. S. Sellers

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