The Roman Empire: Economy, Society and Culture
University of California Press, 12 черв. 1987 р. - 231 стор.
During the first, stable period of the Principate (roughly from 27 BC to AD 235), when the empire reached its maximum extent, Roman society and culture were radically transformed. But how was the vast territory of the empire controlled? Did the demands of central government stimulate economic growth, or endanger survival? What forces of cohesion operated to balance the social and economic inequalities and high mortality rates? Why did Roman governments freeze the official religion while allowing the diffusion of alien, especially oriental, cults? Are we to see in their attitude to Christianity a policy of toleration—or simply confusion and a failure of nerve?
These are some of the many questions posed in this book, which offers the first overall account of the society, economy and culture of the Roman empire. Addressed to non-specialist readers no less than to scholars, it breaks with the traditional historian's preoccupation with narrative and politics. As an integrated study of the life and outlook of the ordinary inhabitants of the Roman world, it deepens our understanding of the underlying factors in this important formative period of world history.
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A Mediterranean empire
Government without bureaucracy
An underdeveloped economy
Supplying the Roman empire
The social hierarchy
Family and household
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A.H.M. Jones administration agriculture Apuleius areas aristocratic army Augustan Augustus Aurelius authority Caesar Campania Cassius Dio central Cicero citizens Claudius Columella cult culture distribution early economic Egypt elite emperor equestrian estates evidence extended farms father favour Finley freedmen Gallic Garnsey Gaul governor grain Greek Hadrian Hopkins household husband Iberian peninsula imperial imperial cult inscriptions Italian Italy iugera labour land landowners late Republic latifundia Latin Ligures Baebiani limited literary marriage Mediterranean military Millar million modii north Africa officials patrons peasant period Pliny Pliny's political population prefect Principate production provinces rank region reign relationships religion religious Rome Rome's rural Saller second century senatorial senators Seneca Septimius Severus sesterces Severan slaves social society soldiers sources status Strabo subsistence Suetonius supply Tacitus tenants third century tonnes traditional Trajan urban Veleia wealth wheat wife wine