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Agreements

A Cultural History of Law in Antiquity Volume 1

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

Cultural History Chapter

...Whether or not we accept the theory of the “social contract,” the importance of agreements in society cannot be underestimated. Every day we are reminded that to live in society means we either agree or disagree with other people. Given...

Food Security, Safety, and Crises

Paul Erdkamp

Paul Erdkamp is Professor of Ancient History at the Flemish Free University of Brussels, Belgium. He is author of Hunger and the Sword; Warfare and Food Supply in Roman Republican Wars; and The Grain Market in the Roman Empire; and editor of The Cambridge Companion to Ancient Rome (2013). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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A Cultural History of Food in Antiquity Volume 1

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

Cultural History Chapter

...The Eternal City was fearing the disaster of a coming shortage of grain, and from time to time Tertullus, who was prefect at the time, was assailed by the violent threats of the commons, as they anticipated famine, the worst of all ills...

Design

Kathryn Gleason

Kathryn Gleason is Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture and Archaeology at Cornell University. She is co-editor of The Archaeology of Garden and Field and executive editor of Gardens of the Roman Empire. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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A Cultural History of Gardens in Antiquity Volume 1

Bloomsbury Academic, 2013

Cultural History Chapter

...The architectural treatise De architectura libri decem, the Ten Books on Architecture, by Marcus Vitruvius Pollio (c. 75–15 b.c.e.) is our only comprehensive work on ancient design. The books focus primarily on architecture but also...

The Social Life of the Senses

A Cultural History of The Senses in the Renaissance Volume 3

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Cultural History Chapter

...In a story recounted by Franco Sacchetti (c. 1330–1400) around the turn of the fifteenth century, the wife of a Florentine wool worker would rise from bed on winter nights to spin thread (Sacchetti 1996: 655–60). Next door, the painter...

Mobility

A Cultural History of Western Empires in Antiquity Volume 1

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

Cultural History Chapter

...“I sing of arms and a man who first came from the shores of Troy, made a refugee by fate, to Italy and the Lavinian coast …” (Vergil, Aeneid 1.3). The Aeneid opens with a description of a man and his people in flight as they make a fated...

Property and Possession

A Cultural History of Law in Antiquity Volume 1

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

Cultural History Chapter

...Introduction How does one go about writing a “cultural history” of ownership and possession in Roman law? This is a question that I have grappled with throughout the research for this chapter. At the outset, I...

Race

A Cultural History of Western Empires in Antiquity Volume 1

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

Cultural History Chapter

...If we set out to look for race within the dynamics of the Roman empire, the most enduring model amongst ancient empires, we encounter two main challenges. The first challenge is to unthink aspects of race that are familiar within modern...

War

A Cultural History of Western Empires in Antiquity Volume 1

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

Cultural History Chapter

...Ancient empires were established through violent conquest and maintained through armed coercion.For war in ancient Greece and Rome, and best current overview are provided by the contributions in Sabin et al. 2007. The accessible...

Philosophical Beliefs

A Cultural History of Animals in the Renaissance Volume 3

Berg, 2007

Cultural History Chapter

...Several factors determined a deep renewal of philosophical consideration of animals in the Renaissance. Humanist editions and translations had enlarged the canon of readings, and new books and reappraisals of ancient works crowded...

Life Histories: On Roman Imperial Biography

A Cultural History of Education in Antiquity Volume 1

Bloomsbury Academic, 2020

Cultural History Chapter

...Introduction: The biographical vacuumThe emperor Caligula was mad. There is evidence to prove it. Or at least there is evidence to prove that men in Roman antiquity believed him to have been mad. The material is relatively abundant...