A Companion to Ancient History

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This Companion provides a comprehensive introduction to key topics in the study of ancient history.
* Examines the forms of evidence, problems, approaches, and major themes in the study of ancient history
* Comprises more than 40 essays, written by leading international scholars
* Moves beyond the primary focus on Greece and Rome with coverage of the various cultures within the ancient Mediterranean
* Draws on the latest research in the field
* Provides an essential resource for any student of ancient history

"Yet, however unsatisfactory the definition of Ancient History may be (seen from the angle of an Assyriologist, an Egyptologist, or an Iranologist), the appearance of this well-edited, wide ranging and most interesting volume is a felicitous event, proving that under the reign of Wikipedia there is still need to replace the dethroned Pauly-Wissowa with general studies of the highest quality. Assyriologists, Egyptologists, and Iranologists will certainly find much useful material here for them as well." (Scripta Classica Israelica, 2012)"The quality of the presentation is high; maps, a timeline, and indices are provided and will be of help to new students of the discipline. (Bryn Mawr Classical Review, April 2010)

Andrew Erskine is head of Classics at University of Edinburgh. He has held an Alexander von Humboldt fellowship at the University of Munich. His publications include A Companion to the Hellenistic World (Blackwell, 2003), Troy between Greece and Rome: Local Tradition and Imperial Power (2001), and The Hellenistic Stoa: Political Thought and Action (1990).


Einband Taschenbuch
Erscheinungsdatum 13.12.2012
Herausgeber Andrew Erskine
Verlag John Wiley & Sons
Seitenzahl 732
Maße (L/B/H) 24.4/17/3.8 cm
Gewicht 1260 g
Auflage 1. Auflage
Reihe Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-1-118-45136-6

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  • A Companion to Ancient History
  • List of Figures xi

    List of Maps xii

    Notes on Contributors xiii

    Preface xix

    Abbreviations, Reference Works xx

    Abbreviations and Glossary, Ancient Authors xxiii

    Timeline xxx

    1 Personal Perspectives 1
    Josiah Ober, Peter Derow, Andrea Giardina, Neil McLynn, Kathryn Welch

    Part I: Evidence 11

    2 Historiography 13
    John Marincola

    3 Epigraphical Cultures of the Classical Mediterranean: Greek, Latin, and Beyond 23
    Gregory Rowe

    4 Papyrology 37
    Alan K. Bowman

    5 Numismatics 48
    A. R. Meadows

    6 Archaeology and Ancient History 59
    Stephen L. Dyson

    7 Oratory 67
    Catherine Steel

    8 Ancient History Through Ancient Literature 77
    Tim Whitmarsh

    Part II: Problems and Approaches 87

    9 Ancient History Today 89
    J. A. North

    10 Political History 99
    Robert Morstein-Marx

    11 Economic and Social History 112
    Neville Morley

    12 Ethnicity and Culture 123
    Edward Herring

    13 Population and Demography 134
    Walter Scheidel

    14 Writing Women into History 146
    Amy Richlin

    15 Interpreting Myth 154
    Carol Dougherty

    16 Environmental History 164
    Robert Sallares

    Part III: People and Places 175

    17 The Near East 177
    Maria Brosius

    18 Egypt under the Pharaohs 189
    John Ray

    19 The Jews 201
    Gideon Bohak

    20 The Greeks 213
    Thomas Harrison

    21 Asia Minor 222
    Peter Thonemann

    22 Rome 236
    Christer Bruun

    23 Italy beyond Rome 248
    Kathryn Lomas

    24 North Africa 260
    Josephine Crawley Quinn

    25 The Iberian Peninsula in the Roman Period 273
    A. T. Fear

    26 The "Celts" 284
    Constanze Witt

    Part IV: Encountering the Divine 299

    27 Religion 301
    Mark Humphries

    28 The Emergence of Christianity 312
    John Curran

    Part V: Living and Dying 327

    29 The Family 329
    Mary Harlow and Tim Parkin

    30 Food 342
    John Wilkins

    31 Eros: Love and Sexuality 352
    James Davidson

    32 Housing 368
    Lisa C. Nevett

    33 Entertainment 381
    David Potter

    34 Education 392
    Jason König

    35 Medicine 403
    Helen King

    36 Death 414
    David Noy

    Part VI: Economy 427

    37 The Mediterranean and the History of Antiquity 429
    R. Bruce Hitchner

    38 Ancient Economies 436
    John Davies

    39 Labor: Free and Unfree 447
    Peter Fibiger Bang

    40 The Countryside 462
    Robert Witcher

    41 Finance and Resources: Public, Private, and Personal 474
    Paul Millett

    42 Ancient Technology 486
    Tracey Rihll

    Part VII: Politics and Power 497

    43 Structures 499
    Hans Beck

    44 Citizenship 510
    Andrew Lintott

    45 Law 520
    Elizabeth A. Meyer

    46 Warfare 531
    Louis Rawlings

    Part VIII: Repercussions 543

    47 The Impact of Antiquity 545
    Rosamond McKitterick

    48 Ancient History and National Identity 555
    Andrew Erskine

    49 Hollywood's Ancient World 564
    Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones

    Bibliography 580

    Index 654