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Death and Renewal : Death and Renewal: Volume 2 Sociological Studies in Roman History v. 2 - Keith Hopkins

Death and Renewal

Death and Renewal: Volume 2 Sociological Studies in Roman History v. 2


Published: 26th August 1985
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This is a volume of studies concerned with death and its impact on the social order. The first topic considered is gladiatorial combat; not merely popular entertainment, it was also an important element in Roman politics. The book then investigates the composition of the political elite in the late Republic and Principate (249 BC - AD 235), showing that ideals of hereditary succession disguised high rates of social mobility. The final chapter ranges over aristocratic death rituals and tombs, funerals and ghost stories, to t he search for immortality and the power of the Roman dead in distributing property by written wills.

'... few Roman historians can have put down this book with the comfortable feeling that their views were just as plausible as before ... witty, elegant and a sustained pleasure to read.' Michael Crawford, The Times Literary Supplement 'The insights of the professional sociologist are matched by a mastery of the detailed evidence and a clarity of exposition which compels even his critics to envious admiration.' T. P. Wiseman, History Today 'The central chapters represent a genuine contribution to a new understanding of Roman social institutions.' Sir Moses Finley, The London Review of Books 'The essays on death are spectacular tours de force.' Andrew Lintott, The Times Higher Education Supplement

Murderous games
Political succession in the late Republic (249G++50 BC) Keith Hopkins and Graham Burton
Ambition and withdrawal: the senatorial aristocracy under the emperors Keith Hopkins and Graham Burton
Death in Rome
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ISBN: 9780521271172
ISBN-10: 0521271177
Series: Cambridge Paperback Library
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 26th August 1985
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.73
Weight (kg): 0.45