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date: 25 July 2021

(p. v) Acknowledgments

(p. v) Acknowledgments

The gestation period of this volume has been significant, and during that time I have incurred a number of debts. Three members of the Oxford University Press team—Stefan Vranka, Deirdre Brady, and Liz Smith—did a wonderful job of shepherding this project through the various stages of production. The NYU Humanities Initiative was generous enough to provide a grant for translating several of the articles. That funding supported the work of three people, who deserve great credit for producing splendid English versions of those essays: Dan Childers (Jördens and Scheid); William Rauscher (Stahl); and Beate Witzler (Hahn, Krause, and Riess). Two of the graduate students in Classics at NYU also graciously offered assistance. Kyle Johnson shared with me bibliography and thoughts on strategies of communication in antiquity, and Danielle La Londe read, helped to edit, and made extremely useful suggestions about one of the articles. Paul Cartledge, during a fall-term visit to NYU, caused me to start thinking much harder about the difficult business of defining social history. Cliff Ando, Kathleen Coleman, Leonhard Schumacher, and Seth Schwartz made various constructive suggestions regarding my introductory chapter. So, too, did Clemens Zimmermann, whose advice regarding the history of social history was extremely helpful. Professor Coleman was also incredibly generous, offering editorial help of all kinds as the volume approached its completion. Most of all, though, I owe a great debt of thanks to Ted Lendon, who read and commented upon the introduction not once, but twice. His careful remarks have very greatly improved the final product—though, given my stubbornness, not as much as he would have liked. I want also to thank the contributors. It has been both a great honor and a real pleasure to work with them all. And finally, a heartfelt debt of gratitude is due to the three people—Beate, Antonia, and Nora—who tolerated my repeated absence, in more ways than one, because of this volume.