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Aspects of Roman History AD 14-117
Author: Richard Alston
Illustrations : 29 line figures
Master eBook ISBN10 : 0-203-01187-2
Master eBook ISBN13 : 978-0-203-01187-4
No of pages : 368
eBook Price : $39.95
Originally Published : 7 May 1998
Aspects of Roman History charts the history of the Roman Imperial period, from the establishment of the Augustan Principate to the reign of Trajan, providing a basic chronological framework of the main events and introductory outlines of the major issues of the period. The first half of the book outlines the linear development of the Roman Empire, emperor by emperor, accenting the military and political events. The second half of the book concentrates on important themes which apply to the period as a whole, such as the religious, economic and social functioning of the Roman Empire.
* a discussion of the primary sources of Roman Imperial history
* clearly laid out chapters on different themes of the Roman Empire such as patronage, religion, the role of the senate, the army and the position of women and slaves
* designed for easy cross-referencing with the chronological outline of events
* maps and illustrations
* a guide to further reading.
Richard Alston's highly accessible book is designed specifically for students with little previous experience of studying ancient/Roman history Aspects of Roman History provides an invaluable introduction to Roman Imperial history, which will allow students to gain an overview of the period and will be an indispensable aid to note-taking, essay preparation and examination revision.
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Table of contents : List of Maps, Figures, Tables Preface Abbreviations 1. Aims Sources: problems and methods Political Life: From the Republican to the Augustan Constitution The Augustan Constitution and Political Settlements The Workings of Politics Family Politics: Augustus, Tiberius and the Succession 2. Tiberius (AD 14-32) Tiberius and Tacitus The Accession Germanicus Sejanus The Senate Administration Conclusions 3. Gaius Caligula (AD 37-41) Accession and Problems The Family Popular Support The Divine Emperor The Senate Administration War and Alexander Assassination 4. Claudius (AD 41-54) Accession Government and Administration Military and Foreign Policy The Plebs Family and Politics 5. Nero (AD 54-68) Introduction Accession and Early Years The End of the Beginning Breaking Rules: The Emperor as Artist Administration, Government and Foreign Affairs Nero and the Opposition: The Emperor as Tyrant The Death of an Artist Conclusions: Art, Politics and Power 6. Civil Wars: AD 69-70 Introduction Galba Otho Vitellius 'Crisis' in the Provinces Conclusion 7. Vespasian and Titus (AD 70-81) Politics Military Policy Building and Finance Titus' Reputation 8. Domitian (AD 81-96) The Imperial Court Politics War and Military Policy Finance Assassination Conclusion 9. Nerva and Trajan (AD 96-117) The Legacy of Domitian The Adoption of Trajan The Optimus Princeps Wars Finances 10. Society Social Orders Wealth and Social Structure Groups within Society: Patronage and Social Cohesion Conclusions 11. The Economy Economic Structures Economic Change 12. Administration Introduction and Problems The Emperor The Senate and Senators Equestrians Provinces Communication and Control 13. The Roman Army and Military Policy The Republican and Augustan Background Military Organisation Soldier and Civilian Strategy The Army and Politics 14. Women The Law Social Status Independent Women Lower Class Women Conclusions: Changes in Ideology 15. Provinces and Culture: Romanisation and Hellenisation Romanisation and Hellenisation The Nature of Cultural Change 16. Religion Polytheism and Religious Diversity Religious Decline Change: Christianity, Judaism and Isis worship Conclusions 17. Glossary Further Reading.
"This book is intended to provide an introductory overview of Roman Imperial history to students with little experience in its study." - Oxon Book Review