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Conquerors and Slaves : Urbanization in Developing Countries - Keith Hopkins

Conquerors and Slaves

Urbanization in Developing Countries

Paperback Published: 11th May 1981
ISBN: 9780521281812
Number Of Pages: 292

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The enormous size of the Roman empire and the length of time it endured call for an understanding of the institutions which sustained it. In this book, Keith Hopkins, who is both classicist and sociologist, uses various sociological concepts and methods to gain new insights into how traditional Roman institutions changed as the Romans acquired their empire. He examines the chain reactions resulting from increased wealth; various aspects of slavery, especially manumission and the cost of freedom; the curious phenomenon of the political power wielded by eunuchs at court; and in the final chapter he discusses the Roman emperor's divinity and the circulation of untrue stories, which were a currency of the political system. Professor Hopkins has developed an exciting approach to social questions in antiquity and his book should be of interest to all students of ancient history and of historical sociology.

List of plates
List of tables
List of figures
Preface
Abbreviations
Maps
Conquerors and slaves: the impact of conquering an empire on the political economy of Italy
The growth and practice of slavery in Roman times
Between slavery and freedom: on freeing slaves at Delphi
The political power of eunuchs
Divine emperors or the symbolic unity of the Roman empire
Bibliography
Supplementary bibliography
Index of subjects
Index of proper names
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780521281812
ISBN-10: 0521281814
Series: Urbanization in Developing Countries
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 292
Published: 11th May 1981
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.68
Weight (kg): 0.43