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A Social and Cultural History of Republican Rome

Orlin, Eric M. (Editor)

Wiley-Blackwell Social and Cultural Histories of the Ancient World


1. Edition November 2021
304 Pages, Softcover
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ISBN: 978-1-118-35711-8
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Provides students with a balanced understanding of the key aspects of the culture and society of the Roman Republic

A Social and Cultural History of Republican Rome is the first undergraduate textbook of its kind to concentrate on the ways Roman societal structures, family dynamics, visual arts, law, religion, and other cultural and intellectual developments contributed to Roman identity between 509 BCE and 14 CE. Drawing from a diverse range of archaeological, epigraphic, and literary sources, author Eric M. Orlin provides insight into the socio-cultural and intellectual issues that shaped both the Roman Republic and the wider Mediterranean world.

Thematically organized chapters address the practice of politics in the Roman Republic, explain the concept of patronage and the distinctions between patricians and plebeians, examine the impact of the army and militarism on Roman society, discuss the ties between Roman religion and the Roman state, and more. Chapters include maps, charts, images, and links to further readings in ancient sources and modern scholarship. Throughout the text, discussion of several recurring themes connects individual chapters while helping students critically engage the material. A Social and Cultural History of Republican Rome:
* Focuses on themes other than politics and the military, such as the position and role of women in the Roman family, the foundation of the Roman legal system, and the topography and growth of the city of Rome
* Introduces the basic materials available for the study of the Roman Republic, including written, architectural, and numismatic sources
* Features a brief narrative history of the Roman Republic and an overview of the text's methodological framework
* Establishes key points of discussion for students, using comparisons between Roman society and our modern-day world
* Encourages students to critically examine the problems and issues raised by the material

Covering topics in Roman history that are frequently neglected in undergraduate classrooms, A Social and Cultural History of Republican Rome is an excellent primary or supplementary textbook for courses on the Roman Republic as well as broader Roman history classes that incorporate socio-cultural issues.

Acknowledgments viii

Timeline of Roman History x

Introduction: We Are All Historians 1

A Note on the Text 3

1 What Is Historical Thinking? 5

Literary Sources 9

Material Culture 15

Conclusion 22

Discussion Questions 23

2 How Do We Tell the Story? 25

An Outline History of the Roman Republic 28

Marking Time 41

Conclusion: Historical Narratives 43

Discussion Questions 45

3 The Building Blocks of Roman Society 47

Rome as a City-state 50

Rome as a Mediterranean Empire 61

Conclusion 65

Discussion Questions 65

4 The Practice of Politics 67

What Was the Roman Republic? 68

The Late Republic 79

Julius Caesar and the End of the Republic 84

Discussion Questions 85

5 The Roman Family 87

An Overview of the Roman Family 89

Changes in the Roman Family 98

Conclusion: Family Values 104

Discussion Questions 104

6 Gender and Sexuality 106

Sex and Gender 107

Sexuality 109

Gender Roles 117

Conclusions 122

Discussion Questions 123

7 Outsiders 125

Rome and Italy: The Early Republic 126

The Impact of Expansion 131

Conclusion 142

Discussion Questions 143

8 Religion 145

What Is Roman Religion? 146

Changes in Roman Religion 154

The Late Republic 161

Conclusion 162

Discussion Questions 163

9 Law 165

The Twelve Tables 166

The Effects of Expansion on Roman Law 173

The Late Republic 178

Conclusion 181

Discussion Questions 181

10 The Military 183

The Army in Early Rome 184

The Beginnings of an Imperial Army 195

Conclusion 199

Discussion Questions 200

11 The Economy 202

The Agricultural Basis of the Early Roman Economy 203

Changes in the Roman Economy 212

Conclusion 219

Discussion Questions 219

12 The City of Rome 221

The Beginnings of the City 222

Archaic Rome 224

The Late Republican Transformation 239

Conclusion 242

Discussion Questions 242

13 Roman Arts and Letters 244

The Early and Middle Republic 245

On the World Stage 250

Conclusion 259

Discussion Questions 262

Ancient Authors 264

Notable Figures from Roman History 266

Glossary 269

Index 273
ERIC M. ORLIN is Professor of Greek, Latin and the Ancient Mediterranean at the University of Puget Sound, Washington, USA. He is the author of Temples, Religion and Politics in the Roman Republic, Foreign Cults in Rome: Creating a Roman Empire, and many scholarly articles on Roman religion and politics.

E. M. Orlin, University of Puget Sound