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). ...
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
Scott Fitzgerald Johnson (ed.)
The Oxford Handbook of Late Antiquity offers an innovative overview of a period (c. 300-700
Barbara Graziosi, Phiroze Vasunia, and George Boys-Stones (eds)
The Oxford Handbook of Hellenic Studies is a unique collection of some seventy articles, which together explore the ways in which ancient Greece has been, is, and might be studied. It is intended to inform its readers, but also, importantly, to inspire them, and to enable them to pursue their own research by introducing the primary resources and exploring the latest agenda for their study. The emphasis is on the breadth and potential of Hellenic Studies as a flourishing and exciting intellectual arena, and also upon its relevance to the way we think about ourselves today. The book provides comprehensive guidance in areas such as epigraphy, numismatics, and manuscript studies. ...
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
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. ...
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 bc through ca. ad 500 in the circum-Mediterranean world and Northern Europe. Each article discusses a technology or family of technologies from an analytical rather than a descriptive point of view, providing a critical summation of our present knowledge of Greek and Roman accomplishments in the technology concerned and the evolution of their technical capabilities over the chronological period. Each article reviews the issues and recent contributions, and defines the capacities and accomplishments of the technology in the context of the society that used it, the available “technological shelf,” and the resources consumed. These studies introduce and synthesize the results of excavation or specialized studies. The articles are organized in sections progressing from sources (written and representational) to primary (e.g. mining, metallurgy, agriculture) and secondary (e.g. woodworking, glass production, food preparation, textile production, and leather-working) production, to technologies of social organization and interaction (e.g. roads, bridges, ships, harbors, warfare, and fortification), and finally to studies of general social issues (e.g. writing, timekeeping, measurement, scientific instruments, and attitudes toward technology and innovation) and the relevance of ethnographic methods to the study of classical technology. ...
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 bc. This period witnessed the flourishing of the Minoan and Mycenean civilizations, the earliest expansion of trade in the Aegean and wider Mediterranean Sea, the development of artistic techniques, the evolution of early Greek religious practices and mythology, and violent conflict in Asia Minor. The first section of the book establishes the discipline in its historical, geographical, and chronological settings and in its relation to other disciplines. The second section examines the Bronze Age Aegean by chronological period. Each of the periods are further subdivided geographically, so that individual articles are concerned with Mainland Greece during the Early Bronze Age, Crete during the Early Bronze Age, the Cycladic Islands during the Early Bronze Age, and the same for the Middle Bronze Age, followed by the Late Bronze Age. The third section examines thematic topics, including religion, state and society, trade, warfare, pottery, writing, and burial customs, as well as specific events, such as the eruption of Santorini and the Trojan War. The fourth section contains articles examining the most important regions and sites in the Bronze Age Aegean, including Mycenae, Tiryns, Pylos, Knossos, Kommos, Rhodes, the northern Aegean, and the Uluburun shipwreck, as well as adjacent areas such as the Levant, Egypt, and the western Mediterranean. ...
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. ...