The Roman Empire in context : historical and comparative perspectives / edited by Johann P. Arnason and Kurt A. Raaflaub.Material type: TextSeries: Ancient world--comparative historiesPublication details: Chichester, West Sussex, U.K. ; Malden, MA : Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 416 pages)Content type:
- online resource
- DG77 .R6712 2011eb
Includes bibliographical references and index.
1. Introduction / Johann P. Arnason -- pt. I Expansion and Transformation -- 2. From City-State to Empire: Rome in Comparative Perspective / Kurt A. Raaflaub -- 3. The Transition from Republic to Principate: Loss of Legitimacy, Revolution, and Acceptance / Egon Flaig -- 4. Strong and Weak Regimes: Comparing the Roman Principate and the Medieval Crown of Aragon / J.E. Lendon -- pt. II Late Antiquity: Division, Transformation, and Continuity -- 5. The Background to the Third-Century Crisis of the Roman Empire / Adam Ziolkowski -- 6. The End of Sacrifice: Religious Mutations of Late Antiquity / Guy G Stroumsa -- 7. Contextualizing Late Antiquity: The First Millennium / Garth Fowden -- pt. III Destinies of the Roman Legacy -- 8. The Franks: Rome's Heirs in the West / Matthias Becher -- 9. The End of Rome? The Transformation of the Eastern Empire in the Seventh and Eighth Centuries CE / John Haldon -- 10. The First Islamic Empire / Chase F. Robinson -- pt. IV Comparative Perspectives -- 11. From City-State to Empire: The Case of Assyria / Mario Liverani -- 12. China's Early Empires: The Authority and Means of Government / Michael Loewe -- 13. The Legs of the Throne: Kings, Elites, and Subjects in Sasanian Iran / Scott McDonough -- 14. The King of Kings: Universal Hegemony, Imperial Power, and a New Comparative History of Rome / Peter Fibiger Bang -- pt. V Conceptual and Theoretical Reflections -- 15. The Roman Phenomenon: State, Empire, and Civilization / Johann P. Arnason -- 16. Roman-European Continuities: Conceptual and Historical Questions / Peter Wagner.
Through a series of original essays by leading international scholars, The Roman Empire in Context: Historical and Comparative Perspectives offers a comparative historical analysis of the Roman empire's role and achievement and, more broadly, establishes Rome's significance within comparative studies.: Fills a gap in comparative historical analysis of the Roman empire's role and achievement; Features contributions from more than a dozen distinguished scholars from around the world; Explores the relevance of important comparativist themes of state, empire, and civilization to ancient Rome.
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