A Companion to the Roman Empire provides readers with a guide both to Roman imperial history and to the field of Roman studies, taking account of the most recent discoveries.
This Companion brings together thirty original essays guiding readers through Roman imperial history and the field of Roman studies
Shows that Roman imperial history is a compelling and vibrant subject
Includes significant new contributions to various areas of Roman imperial history
Covers the social, intellectual, economic and cultural history of the Roman Empire
Contains an extensive bibliography
David Potter is Professor of Greek and Latin at the University of Michigan. He has published extensively on the history of the Roman world and appeared on many television programmes concerned with the history of Rome. His most recent publications include Life, Death and Entertainment in the Roman Empire (co-edited with David J. Mattingly, 1999), Literary Texts and the Roman Historian (1999) and The Roman Empire at Bay, AD 180-39 (2004)
List of Illustrations x List of Tables xiii Notes on Contributors xiv Acknowledgments xvi Reference works: Abbreviations xvii Ancient authors: Abbreviations and Glossary xx The Emperors of Rome from Augustus to Constantine xxix Introduction: The Shape of Roman History: The Fate of the Governing Class 1 David S. Potter PART I THE SOURCES 21 1 Constructing a Narrative 23 Cynthia Damon 2 Roman Imperial Numismatics 35 William E. Metcalf 3 Documents 45 Traianos Gagos and David S. Potter 4 Art, Architecture, and Archaeology in the Roman Empire 75 Lea Stirling 5 Interdisciplinary Approaches 98 James B. Rives PART II NARRATIVE 113 6 The Emergence of Monarchy: 44 BCE 96 CE 115 Greg Rowe 7 Rome the Superpower: 96 235 CE 126 Michael Peachin 8 The Transformation of the Empire: 235 337 CE 153 David S. Potter PART III ADMINISTRATION 175 9 The Administration of the Provinces 177 Clifford Ando 10 The Transformation of Government under Diocletian and Constantine 193 Hugh Elton 11 The Roman Army 206 Nigel Pollard 12 Greek Cities Under Roman Rule 228 Maud W. Gleason 13 Cities and Urban Life in the Western Provinces of the Roman Empire 30 BCE 250 CE 250 Jonathan Edmondson PART IV SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC LIFE 281 14 The Imperial Economy 283 David Mattingly 15 Landlords and Tenants 298 Dennis P. Kehoe 16 The Family 312 Judith Evans Grubbs 17 Sexuality in the Roman Empire 327 Amy Richlin 18 On Food and the Body 354 Veronika E. Grimm 19 Leisure 369 Garrett G. Fagan 20 Spectacle 385 David S. Potter PART V INTELLECTUAL LIFE 409 21 The Construction of the Past in the Roman Empire 411 Rowland Smith 22 Imperial Poetry 439 K. Sara Myers 23 Greek Fiction 453 Joseph L. Rife 24 Roman Law and Roman History 477 John Matthews 25 Roman Medicine 492 Ann Hanson 26 Philosophy in the Roman Empire 524 Sara Ahbel-Rappe PART VI RELIGION 541 27 Traditional Cult 543 David Frankfurter 28 Jews and Judaism 70 429 CE 565 Yaron Z. Eliav 29 Christians in the Roman Empire in the First Three Centuries CE 587 Paula Fredriksen 30 Christian Thought 607 Mark Edwards Bibliography 620 Index 681