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The Oxford handbook of social relations in the Roman world /
edited by Michael Peachin.
imprint
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2011.
description
xvi, 738 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
ISBN
0195188004 (cloth), 9780195188004 (cloth)
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imprint
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2011.
isbn
0195188004 (cloth)
9780195188004 (cloth)
catalogue key
7407712
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2011-10-01:
Peachin introduces and edits an exemplary contribution to the current academic genre of handbooks/companions to topics/authors. Thirty-five internationally known scholars of Roman history contribute significant studies on a wide range of topics not well discussed in standard compendia on Roman literature and history. After a thoughtful (and necessary) historiographic introduction by Peachin and a delightful essay on historical and intellectual context by Clifford Ando, readers encounter high-quality essays, all with adequate to excellent bibliographies. Topics range from the mechanics and structure of the Roman family, to modes of communication, through discussions of distinct communities (social, economic, literary, and rhetorical), interpersonal relations (including violence and crime), and those whom high literate society does not always recognize: slaves, sex workers, popular religious practitioners, and the handicapped. Space does not permit specific comments on each of these articles. All are well written and edited; some offer synopses or condensations of contributors' previous works; many are thoroughly original. Especially compelling are the chapters on rhetorical education, violence, entertainers, and bandits. All students of Roman society, from undergraduates to scholars, will profitably and enjoyably read everything in this handbook. The index is good but sparse; many readers could use a time line tied to the topics covered. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. P. B. Harvey Jr. Pennsylvania State University, University Park Campus
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"Peachin introduces and edits an exemplary contribution to the current academic genre of handbooks/companions to topics/authors. Thirty-five internationally known scholars of Roman History contribute significant studies on a wide range of topics not well discussed in standard compendia on Roman literature and history. All students of Roman society, from undergraduate to scholars, will profitably and enjoyably read everything in this handbook. Highly Recommended." --CHOICE
"The Oxford Handbook of Social Relations in the Roman Worldis a valuable guide to many directions in contemporary research, and both editor and authors are to be congratulated for providing an essential resource." --Classical Journal "These are all wonderful essays that make the book a very rewarding read. This is a superb volume: both the editor and the contributors have to be congratulated for producing it!" --Bryn Mawr Classical Review "Peachin introduces and edits an exemplary contribution to the current academic genre of handbooks/companions to topics/authors. Thirty-five internationally known scholars of Roman History contribute significant studies on a wide range of topics not well discussed in standard compendia on Roman literature and history. All students of Roman society, from undergraduate to scholars, will profitably and enjoyably read everything in this handbook. Highly Recommended." --CHOICE
"These are all wonderful essays that make the book a very rewarding read. This is a superb volume: both the editor and the contributors have to be congratulated for producing it!" --Bryn Mawr Classical Review "Peachin introduces and edits an exemplary contribution to the current academic genre of handbooks/companions to topics/authors. Thirty-five internationally known scholars of Roman History contribute significant studies on a wide range of topics not well discussed in standard compendia on Roman literature and history. All students of Roman society, from undergraduate to scholars, will profitably and enjoyably read everything in this handbook. Highly Recommended." --CHOICE
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This text opens with a general introduction that portrays the current state of the field, indicates some avenues for further study, and provides the background necessary for the following chapters. It lays out what is now known about the historical development of Roman society and the essential structures of that community.
Main Description
The study of Roman society and social relations blossomed in the 1970s. By now, we possess a very large literature on the individuals and groups that constituted the Roman community, and the various ways in which members of that community interacted. There simply is, however, no overview that takes into account the multifarious progress that has been made in the past thirty-odd years. The purpose of this handbook is twofold. On the one hand, it synthesizes what has heretofore been accomplished in this field. On the other hand, it attempts to configure the examination of Roman social relations in some new ways, and thereby indicates directions in which the discipline might now proceed. The book opens with a substantial general introduction that portrays the current state of the field, indicates some avenues for further study, and provides the background necessary for the following chapters. It lays out what is now known about the historical development of Roman society and the essential structures of that community. In a second introductory article, Clifford Ando explains the chronological parameters of the handbook. The main body of the book is divided into the following six sections: 1) Mechanisms of Socialization (primary education, rhetorical education, family, law), 2) Mechanisms of Communication and Interaction, 3) Communal Contexts for Social Interaction, 4) Modes of Interpersonal Relations (friendship, patronage, hospitality, dining, funerals, benefactions, honor), 5) Societies Within the Roman Community (collegia, cults, Judaism, Christianity, the army), and 6) Marginalized Persons (slaves, women, children, prostitutes, actors and gladiators, bandits). The result is a unique, up-to-date, and comprehensive survey of ancient Roman society.
Main Description
The study of Roman society and social relations blossomed in the 1970s. By now, we possess a very large literature on the individuals and groups that constituted the Roman community, and the various ways in which members of that community interacted. There simply is, however, no overview thattakes into account the multifarious progress that has been made in the past thirty-odd years. The purpose of this handbook is twofold. On the one hand, it synthesizes what has heretofore been accomplished in this field. On the other hand, it attempts to configure the examination of Roman socialrelations in some new ways, and thereby indicates directions in which the discipline might now proceed. The book opens with a substantial general introduction that portrays the current state of the field, indicates some avenues for further study, and provides the background necessary for the following chapters. It lays out what is now known about the historical development of Roman society and theessential structures of that community. In a second introductory article, Clifford Ando explains the chronological parameters of the handbook. The main body of the book is divided into the following six sections: 1) Mechanisms of Socialization (primary education, rhetorical education, family, law),2) Mechanisms of Communication and Interaction, 3) Communal Contexts for Social Interaction, 4) Modes of Interpersonal Relations (friendship, patronage, hospitality, dining, funerals, benefactions, honor), 5) Societies Within the Roman Community (collegia, cults, Judaism, Christianity, the army),and 6) Marginalized Persons (slaves, women, children, prostitutes, actors and gladiators, bandits). The result is a unique, up-to-date, and comprehensive survey of ancient Roman society.

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