Ancient History: Key Themes and Approaches (Routledge Key by Neville Morley

By Neville Morley

This sourcebook offers over 500 of an important stimulating and provocative arguments by means of sleek writers on quite a lot of concerns in old historical past.

The first part offers with diverse elements of lifestyles within the historical international, comparable to democracy, imperialism, slavery and sexuality, whereas the second one part covers the information of key historic historians and different writers on classical antiquity.

total this booklet deals a useful advent to an important rules, theories and controversies in old background, and a thought-provoking survey of the diversity of perspectives and ways to the topic.

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I. ), Studies in Ancient Society, London and Boston, Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1974, p. 305. Originally published in Past & Present, 2 (1952). 8 We should guard against a blind insistence that there must be a middle class and that it must be sought where we are used to finding it today, 32 COINAGE AND MONEY in the urban commercial and industrial segments of the population …Statistically, there was indeed a middle class. Between the top and bottom, taking into account in a single glance the entire empire, a range of intermediate wealth made up the aristocracy of small cities.

But once the common people realized it, or were made to realize it, the conclusion they drew in such cases was ruthless. The onset against deities feathered and scaly, deities adulterous and loaded with vices, and on the other hand against 22 CHRISTIANITY idols of wood and stone, formed the most impressive and effective factor in Christian preaching for wide circles, circles in which all ranks of society down to the lowest classes (where indeed they were most numerous) had, owing to experience and circumstances, reached a point at which the burning denunciations of the abomination of idolatr y could not but ar rest them and br ing them over to monotheism.

Salmon 1969. CRIME AND PUNISHMENT See also LAW 1 Just as evidence of slavery can be found in every nook and cranny of Roman social structure and can be seen to affect almost every conceivable type of legal action that the state sanctioned, so too banditry appears as integral to the functioning of imperial society. Yet much the same resurfacing of the subject in the laws can be noted. Unlike slavery, however, banditry 36 CRIME AND PUNISHMENT appears to have been perceived as marginal to central Roman society, albeit a phenomenon that impinged on the most mundane aspects of Roman social life.

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