Ralph Hexter and David Townsend (eds)
The twenty-eight articles in this Handbook represent some of the current thinking in the study of Latin language and literature in the Middle Ages. The insights offered by the collective of authors not only illuminate the field of medieval Latin literature, but shed new light on broader questions of literary history, cultural interaction, world literature, and language in history and society. The contributors illustrate the field's complexities on a wide range of topics through examples and challenges to settled answers of the past. At the same time, they suggest future possibilities for the necessarily provisional and open-ended work essential to the pursuit of medieval Latin studies. The overall approach of the Handbook makes it a resource for students of the ancient world interested in the prolonged after-life of the classical period's cultural complexes, for medieval historians, for scholars of other medieval literary traditions, and for all those interested in delving more deeply into the more-than-millennium that forms the bridge between the ancient Mediterranean world and what we consider modernity. ...
Scott Fitzgerald Johnson (ed.)
The Oxford Handbook of Late Antiquity offers an innovative overview of a period (c. 300-700
Brian Campbell and Lawrence A. Tritle (eds)
War lay at the heart of much of life in the classical world, from conflicts between tribes or states, internal or civil wars, or wars waged to suppress rebellions. Battles were resolved by face-to-face encounters—violent and bloody for the participants—and thus war was a very personal experience. Nevertheless, warfare and its conduct took a wider relevance far beyond the battlefield and often had significant economic, social, or political consequences. The Oxford Handbook of Warfare in the Classical World offers a critical examination of war and organized violence, and their relevance beyond the battlefield, in classical Greece and Rome. Its introduction begins with the ancient sources for the writing of war, preceded by broad surveys of ancient Greece and Rome. Also included herein are chapters analyzing new finds in battlefield archaeology and how the environment affected the ancient practice of war. A second section is comprised of broad narratives of classical societies at war, covering the expanse from classical Greece through to the Roman Empire. Part III contains thematic discussions that examine closely the nature of battle: what soldiers experienced as they fought; the challenges of conducting war at sea; and how the wounded were treated. A final section offers six case studies, including analyses of the Peloponnesian War, the Second Punic War, and Rome's war with Sasanian Persia. The book closes with an epilogue that offers an exploration of the legacy of classical warfare. ...
William E. Metcalf (ed.)
A large gap exists in the literature of ancient numismatics between general works intended for collectors and highly specialized
studies addressed to numismatists. Indeed, there is hardly anything produced by knowledgeable numismatists that is easily
accessible to the academic community at large or the interested lay reader. This Handbook will fill this gap by providing a systematic overview of the major coinages of the classical world. It begins with a general
introduction by the volume editor, followed by an article establishing the history and role of scientific analysis in ancient
numismatics. The subsequent thirty-two articles, all written by an international group of scholars, cover a vast geography
and chronology, beginning with the first evidence of coins in Western Asia Minor in the seventh century
Michael Peachin (ed.)
The Oxford Handbook of Social Relations in the Roman Worldsynthesizes what has been accomplished in this field and attempts to configure the examination of Roman social relations in some new ways, thereby indicating directions in which the discipline might now proceed. The book opens with a substantial general introduction that portrays the current state of the field, indicates some avenues for further study, and provides the background necessary for the following articles. It lays out what is known about the historical development of Roman society and the essential structures of that community. A second introductory article explains the chronological parameters of the handbook. The main body of the book is divided into the following six sections: mechanisms of socialization (primary education, rhetorical education, family, law); mechanisms of communication and interaction, communal contexts for social interaction); modes of interpersonal relations (friendship, patronage, hospitality, dining, funerals, benefactions, honor); societies Within the Roman community (collegia, cults, Judaism, Christianity, the army); and marginalized persons (slaves, women, children, prostitutes, actors and gladiators, bandits). ...
Peter Fibiger Bang and Walter Scheidel (eds)
This Handbook offers a comprehensive survey of ancient state formation in western Eurasia and North Africa. Eighteen experts introduce readers to a wide variety of systems spanning 4,000 years, from the earliest known states in world history to the Roman Empire and its successors. The book seeks to understand the inner workings of these states by focusing on key issues: political and military power, mechanisms of cooperation, coercion, and exploitation, the impact of ideologies, and the rise and demise of individual polities. This shared emphasis on critical institutions and dynamics invites comparative and cross-cultural perspectives. A detailed introductory review of contemporary approaches to the study of the state puts the historical case studies in context. The book transcends conventional boundaries between ancient Near Eastern and Mediterranean history, and between ancient and early medieval history. ...
Roger S. Bagnall (ed.)
Thousands of texts, written over a period of three thousand years on papyri and potsherds, in Egyptian, Greek, Latin, Aramaic, Hebrew, Persian, and other languages, have transformed our knowledge of many aspects of life in the ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern worlds. This book provides an introduction to the world of these ancient documents and literary texts, ranging from the raw materials of writing to the languages used, from the history of papyrology to its future, and from practical help in reading papyri to frank opinions about the nature of the work of papyrologists. It takes account of the important changes experienced by the discipline, especially within the last thirty years. The book includes work by twenty-seven international experts and more than one hundred illustrations. ...
Eric H. Cline (ed.)
This The Oxford Handbook of the Bronze Age Aegean provides a detailed survey of the Greek Bronze Age, roughly 3000 to 1000
Judith Evans Grubbs and Tim Parkin (eds)
In thirty chapters, The Oxford Handbook of Childhood and Education in the Classical World presents current research in a wide range of topics on ancient childhood, including sub-disciplines of Classics that rarely appear in collections on the family or childhood such as archaeology and ancient medicine. Contributors include some of the foremost experts in the field and younger, up-and-coming scholars. Unlike most edited volumes on childhood or the family in antiquity, this collection also gives attention to the late antique period and whether (or how) conceptions of childhood and the life of children changed with Christianity. The chronological spread runs from archaic Greece to the later Roman Empire (fifth century C.E.). Geographical areas covered include not only classical Greece and Roman Italy, but also the eastern Mediterranean. ...
Michael Fontaine and Adele C. Scafuro (eds)
The Oxford Handbook of Greek and Roman Comedy marks the first comprehensive introduction and reference work for the unified study of ancient comedy. From the birth of comedy in Greece to its end in Rome, from the Hellenistic diffusion of performances after the death of Menander to its sympotic, artistic, scholarly, and literary receptions in the later Roman Empire, no topic is neglected. The result offers Hellenists an excellent overview of the earliest reception and creative reuse of Greek New Comedy, and Latinists a broad perspective of the evolution of Roman comedy. In recent decades, literary approaches to drama have multiplied (new historical, intertextual, political, performative and metatheatrical, sociolinguistic, gender-driven, transgenre-driven). New information has been amassed, sometimes by reexamination of extant literary texts and material artifacts, at other times from new discoveries. Archaeologists have rethought the physical configurations of theaters; new studies of vase paintings have contributed to our knowledge of the origins of comedy and its geographical spread; new Hellenistic mosaics have provided information on Menandrian plays; epigraphists have revised victory lists and production records that provide not only the names of plays, authors, and actors, but also the dates for dramatic competitions; epigraphic documents of the Panhellenic activities of the enigmatic “Artisans of Dionysus,” who may provide the missing link between Greek and Roman comedy, have been reexamined in recent monographs; and new papyrus texts have been discovered, while old, all but forgotten texts, have been newly edited after a century or more, and modern technology has even supplied ways to recover new readings from a mutilated palimpsest of Plautus. Forty-one essays and two appendices by an international team of experts offer up-to-the-minute guides through the immense terrain of comedy, while an expert introduction surveys the major trends and shifts in scholarly study of comedy from the 1960s to today. ...