Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication Date & Place: 2008 / Cambridge
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1246 pp, b/w figures, hb, in English.
Volume XI of the second edition of The Cambridge Ancient History covers the history of the Roman empire in the period from AD 70 to 192, from Vespasian to the Antonines. The volume begins with the political and military history of the period. Developments in the structure of the empire are then examined, including the organisation and personnel of the central government and province-based institutions and practices. A series of provincial studies follows, and the society, economy and culture of the empire as a whole are reviewed in a group of thematic chapters. This edition is entirely rewritten from the 1936 edition. There is much more extensive discussion of social, economic and cultural issues, reflecting trends in modern scholarship, and the increase of archaeological evidence and development of new approaches to it. New documentary evidence, from texts on stone, wood and papyrus, has advanced knowledge in every chapter.
Review: '... an enormous enterprise, into which immense academic energy has been poured ... The volume thus offers a vast panorama survey of many aspects of the period ... conspicuously strong in examining the history of the various separate regions of the Empire ... volume XI is perhaps the most successful of all the Roman volumes in CAH2 published so far ... excellent sections in government and the working of the Imperial system, with a notably original contribution by Brent Shaw on 'Rebel and Outsiders.' English Historical Review
'... the CAH has its firmly established place in the libraries, and vol. XI will provide useful guidance for many decades to come in the hands of whoever acquires it.' ARCTOS
"...this is a reliable work which both scholars and students can use with confidence. The individual contributors must be commended for submitting such excellent material. But it is the editors...who deserve the warmest commendation for the sureness of their judgement in soliciting contributions of high calibre and for editing the work of many different historians to produce a volume which is...both accurate on matters of fact and secure in its historical assessments and which...displays greater originality than most collective works of this nature." International History Review
"the entire thrust of the volume has been transformed and truly mirrors contemporary scholarly preoccupations." American History Bulletin
"This series is a basic `must' for all public and private libraries, in the community or in universities. It will be the standard general work for serious academic students and scholars for the next generation." Religious Studies Review
Part I. Narrative: 1. The Flavians Miriam Griffin; 2. Nerva to Hadrian Miriam Griffin; 3. Hadrian to the Antonines A. R. Birley; Part II. Government and Civil Administration: 4. The Emperor and his advisers Werner Eck; 5. Emperor, Senate and magistrates Werner Eck; 6. The growth of administrative posts Werner Eck; 7. Provincial administration and finance Werner Eck; Part III. The Empire: 8. Frontiers C. R. Whittaker; 9. The army Mark Hassall; 10. Local and provincial institutions and government Hartmut Galsterer; 11. Rebels and outsiders Brent D. Shaw; Part IV. Rome, Italy and the Provinces: 12. Rome and Italy Nicholas Purcell; 13. Spain Geza Alfoldy; 14. Gaul C. Goudineau; 15. Roman Germany C. Ruger; 16. Africa C. R. Whittaker; 17. Cyrenaica Joyce Reynolds; 18. Britain Michael Fulford; 19. The Danube provinces J. J. Wilkes; 20. Greece and Asia Minor Barbara Levick; 21. Syria and Arabia Maurice Sartre; 22. Judaea Martin Goodman; Part Va. Economy and Society: 23. The land Peter Garnsey; 24. Trade and transport W. V. Harris; 25. Industry and technology Kevin Greene; 26. Commerce and finance J. Andreau; 27. Demography Bruce W. Frier; 28. Status and patronage Richard Saller; 29. Family and household Richard Saller; Part Vb. Art and Culture: 30. Literacy Greg Woolf; 31. Literature and sophistic Ewen Bowie; 32. Philosophy J. M. Dillon; 33. Medicine Vivian Nutton; 34. Art and architecture Malcolm A. R. Colledge; 35. Religion J. H. W. G. Liebeschuetz.