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. ...
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
Robin Cormack, John F. Haldon, and Elizabeth Jeffreys (eds)
This book presents discussions by experts on all significant aspects of Byzantine Studies. Byzantine Studies deals with the history and culture of the Byzantine Empire, the eastern half of the Late Roman Empire, from the fourth to the fourteenth century. Its centre was the city formerly known as Byzantium, refounded as Constantinople in 324
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. ...
Clemente Marconi (ed.)
This book explores key aspects of art and architecture in ancient Greece and Rome. Drawing on the perspectives of scholars of various generations, nationalities, and backgrounds, it discusses Greek and Roman ideas about art and architecture, as expressed in both texts and images, along with the production of art and architecture in the Greek and Roman world. It also looks at the social, political, and cultural functions of Greek and Roman images and buildings. The book introduces the reader to the notion of “ancient art theory,” the theory of mimesis, the ideas of philosophers such as Plato and Aristotle, and the wider field of Greek and Roman literature and epigraphy. Other chapters focus on the production of images and buildings; the patronage, financing, and sponsorship of art and architecture; religious contexts of Greek and Roman art and architecture, with emphasis on altars, temples, and sacred spaces; and the modern historiography of Greek and Roman architecture in relation to ancient historiography and to the trajectory of modern intellectual history. Finally, the book considers the larger theoretical implications, methodologies, and directions of research in Greek and Roman art and architecture. ...
John Peter Oleson (ed.)
The Oxford Handbook of Engineering and Technology in the Classical World highlights both the accomplishments of the ancient societies and remaining research problems, and stimulates further progress in the history of ancient technology. The subject matter of the book is the technological framework of the Greek and Roman cultures from ca. 800
Karen Radner and Eleanor Robson (eds)
The cuneiform script, the writing system of ancient Mesopotamia, was witness to one of the world's oldest literate cultures. For over three millennia, it was the vehicle of communication from (at its greatest extent) Iran to the Mediterranean, Anatolia to Egypt. The Oxford Handbook of Cuneiform Culture examines the Ancient Middle East through the lens of cuneiform writing. The contributors, a mix of scholars from across the disciplines, explore, define, and to some extent look beyond the boundaries of the written word, using Mesopotamia's clay tablets and stone inscriptions not just as ‘texts’ but also as material artifacts that offer much additional information about their creators, readers, users, and owners. ...
Alessandro Barchiesi and Walter Scheidel (eds)
This book contains papers by more than fifty scholars who elucidate the contribution of material as well as literary culture to our understanding of the Roman Empire. The emphasis is particularly upon the new and exciting links between the various sub-disciplines that make up Roman Studies – for example, between literature and epigraphy, art and philosophy, papyrology and economic history. Connections with disciplines outside classics are also explored, including anthropology, psychoanalysis, gender and reception studies, and the use of new media. ...
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
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. ...