By Neville Morley
This sourcebook provides over 500 of crucial stimulating and provocative arguments by means of smooth writers on quite a lot of concerns in old historical past.
The first part offers with assorted features of existence within the historic international, resembling democracy, imperialism, slavery and sexuality, whereas the second one part covers the information of key historical historians and different writers on classical antiquity.
total this booklet deals a useful creation to crucial rules, theories and controversies in historic historical past, and a thought-provoking survey of the variety of perspectives and techniques to the topic.
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We cannot draw up a balancesheet of imports and exports, not even an approximation; we 26 CITY cannot indeed offer quantities at all; we must therefore resort to models and indicators again. Finley, The Ancient Economy, London, Hogarth Press, 2nd edn 1985, pp. 131–2. Present-day overtones of the word ‘consumer’ should not be allowed to intrude or mislead. The issue implicit in the notion of the consumercity is whether and how far the economy and the power relations within the town rested on wealth generated by rents and taxes flowing to, and circulating among, town-dwellers.
Wilfrid Nippel, ‘Policing Rome’, Journal of Roman Studies, 74 (1984), p. 20. 5 The preconditions for the working of a system which depends to such a high degree on the magistrate’s authority being indisputably accepted must be rooted in the basic structure of society and its mechanisms of social control. There must be an interdependence between the military discipline imposed almost permanently on the society as a whole, the sacred aura of the magistracy and the function of state cults, the public representation of the success of the Republic and its élite, manifest in buildings, statues, funerals and triumphs, the disciplining effects of patronage, etc.
32. 8 If we are to use notions such as ‘religion’ and ‘culture’, or ‘sacred’ and ‘secular’ in our own sense, well and good; but we must know what we are doing. It is one thing for Late Antique Christians to debate these matters— as they did with passionate intensity in the decades around 400; it is quite another for modern scholars to make judgements about the extent of conversion, to speak of ‘half-Christians’ and so forth, without defining some conception of a whole Christian or what a genuine conversion would be…We encounter the same problem when we consider what historians used to call ‘pagan survivals’.
Ancient History: Key Themes and Approaches (Routledge Key Guides) by Neville Morley