Author: Samuel Dill
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing
1904. Contents: Aristocracy Under the Terror; World of the Satirist; Society of the Freedmen; Circle of the Younger Pliny; Municipal Life; Colleges and Plebeian Life; Philosophic Director; Philosophic Missionary; Philosophic Theologian; Superstition; Belief in Immortality; Old Roman Religion; Magna Mater; Isis and Serapis; Religion of Mithra.
Author: Anthony R Birley
Marcus Aurelius, the philosopher-emperor who ruled the Roman Empire between AD 161 and 180, is one of the best recorded individuals from antiquity. Even his face became more than usually familiar: the imperial coinage displayed his portrait for over 40 years, from the clean-shaven young heir of Antonius to the war-weary, heavily bearded ruler who died at his post in his late fifties. His correspondence with his tutor Fronto, and even more the private notebook he kept for his last ten years, the Meditations, provides a unique series of vivid and revealing glimpses into the character and peoccupations of this emporer who spent many years in terrible wars against northern tribes. In this accessible and scholarly study, Professor Birley paints a portrait of an emporer who was human and just - an embodiment of the pagan virtues of Rome.
How Civilizations Decline
Author: Anne Glyn-Jones
Publisher: Imprint Academic
According to Glyn-Jones, the central dilemma of history is this: the dynamic that promotes economic prosperity arises largely from the conviction that the material world alone constitutes true 'reality'. Yet that self-same dynamic, developing into a critique of all belief in the supernatural as at best superflous, and at worst a damaging superstition, undermines the authority of moral standards and thus leads eventually to the destruction of the very security, prosperity and artistic achievement on which civilizations rest their claim to greatness. Focussing on dramatic entertainment as the barometer of social change, this book shows in vivid detail how the thesis worked itself out in four different civilizations, those of Greece, Rome and medieval Christendom and now in our own contemporary society.
Holy Men and Their Associates in the Early Roman Empire
Author: Graham Anderson
Holy men, both pagan and Christian are persistent and puzzling figures in the religious life of the Roman Empire. In this first historical study of Holy Men for more than half a century, Dr Anderson applies techniques of literary analysis to throw light on the lifestyles and behaviour of these figures, from Jesus Christ to Peregrinus Proteus to dio Chrysostom, stressing their individuality as much as their common features. Sage, Saint and Sophist examines the variety of services, real or imaginary, that these colouful figures had to offer and how they maintained their credibility to become the objects of successful religious cults.
Author: Robert Louis Wilken
Publisher: Yale University Press
This book offers an engrossing portrayal of the early years of the Christian movement from the perspective of the Romans.
Author: Lucius Annaeus Seneca,Elaine Fantham
Publisher: Oxford University Press
This is the largest selection of Stoic philosopher and tragedian Seneca's letters currently available. In them Seneca advises his friend Lucilius on how to do without what is superfluous, whether on the subject of happiness, riches, reputation, or the emotions. We learn too about Seneca's personal and political life in the time of Nero.
Author: D. Morrah
Category: Business & Economics
First Published in 2005. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
Author: Marcus Aurelius
Publisher: Everyman's Library
The Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (a.d. 121—180) embodied in his person that deeply cherished, ideal figure of antiquity, the philosopher-king. His Meditations are not only one of the most important expressions of the Stoic philosophy of his time but also an enduringly inspiring guide to living a good and just life. Written in moments snatched from military campaigns and the rigors of politics, these ethical and spiritual reflections reveal a mind of exceptional clarity and originality, and a spirit attuned to both the particulars of human destiny and the vast patterns that underlie it. From the Hardcover edition.
A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on 1 and 2 Corinthians
Author: Ben Witherington
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
This commentary applies an exegetical method informed by both sociological insight and rhetorical analysis to the study of I and 2 Corinthians. The study also analyzes the two letters of Paul in terms of Greco-Roman rhetoric and ancient social conditions and customs to shed fresh light on the context and content of the message.
Author: Eric Robertson Dodds
Publisher: Clarendon Press
Category: Literary Criticism
These essays represent the full range of Dodds' literary and philosophical interests, and his ability to combine profound scholarship with the lucid humanity of a teacher convinced of the value of Greek studies to the modern world.
In the Last Century of the Western Empire (Classic Reprint)
Author: Samuel Dill
Excerpt from Roman Society: In the Last Century of the Western Empire A few words of preface seem to he necessary to explain the object of this book, and the limits within which the writer has wished to confine it. It is perhaps superfluous to say that nothing like a general history of the period has been attempted. That is a task which has been already accomplished by abler hands. The subject of this work is mainly what it professes to be, the inner life and thoughts of the last three generations in the Empire of the West If external events are referred to, it is only because men's private fortunes and feelings cannot be severed from the fortunes of the State. The limits of the period covered by this study of Roman society have not been arbitrarily chosen. The last hundred years of the Western Empire seem marked off both by momentous events, and, for the student of society, by the authorities at his command. The commencement of the period coincides roughly with the passage of the Gothic hordes across the Danube, the accession of Gratian and Theodosius, the termination of the long truce between paganism and the Christian Empire, and the reopening of the conflict which, within twenty years, ended in the final prohibition of heathen rites. It closes, not only with the deposition of the last shadowy Emperor of the West, but with the practical extinction of Roman power in the great prefecture of the Gauls. Perhaps even more obvious are the lines drawn by the fullest authorities for our subject. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
Author: Leon H. Canfield
Publisher: The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd.
Canfield, Leon Hardy. The Early Persecutions of the Christians. New York: Columbia University Press, 1913. 215 pp. Reprint available February, 2005 by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. ISBN 1-58477-481-9. Cloth. $75. * Based on a sensitive reading of all known primary sources, many of a legal or legislative nature, Canfield reconstructs the early history of the Christians' persecution. After discussing their legal basis, he shows how the law was employed from the reign of Nero through the reign of Hadrian. The book has two parts. Each chapter in Part I has a corresponding chapter of relevant source documents in Part II. All appear in translation, some are also presented in the original Latin or Greek. Originally published as Volume LV, Number 2 in Columbia's series Studies in History, Economics and Public Law.
Author: William Matthew Flinders Petrie
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Category: Social Science
A 1906 account of archaeological work in the Sinai Peninsula, notably at Serabit el-Khadim, where the Proto-Sinaitic script was discovered.
A Social, Economic, and Cultural History
Author: Henry Charles Boren
Publisher: D. C. Heath and Company
Ideal for a one-semester course in Roman civilization or history, Roman Society offers a broad synthesis of the social, economic, and cultural history of this civilization. Topics such as social class, religion, the roles of women and slaves, and inflation are all covered, and maps, photographs, and a chronological chart complement the narrative.