Rome a City and Its Empire in Perspective The Impact of the Roman World through Fergus Millar s Research
Distinguished and younger scholars have dealt with the main aspects of Millar’s research, and proposed surveys about current inquiries, as well as perspectives for future studies, mainly about the Roman republic, the functioning of the Empire and the evolution of the Near East. - Ce volume vise à confronter l’œuvre de Fergus Millar, son accueil et sa réception, les réactions qu’elle a provoquées, en privilégiant les perspectives de renouvellement de ces dernières années, notamment à propos de la République romaine, du fonctionnement de l’empire et de l’évolution du Proche-Orient.
Les Histoires de Nicolas de Damas et ses autres oeuvres, en particulier la Vie d'Auguste, couvrent une immense période qui va des grands empires orientaux d'Assyrie et de Perse jusqu'à l'époque contemporaine de l'auteur (Ier siècle av J-C), avec le principat d'Auguste et le règne d'Hérode-le-Grand. Initialement destinées à Hérode et, à travers lui, au public hellénisé de l'Orient romain, ces oeuvres offrent des récits sur les origines mythiques des cités grecques et sur la période archaïque - notamment sur les tyrannies de Corinthe, de Sicyone et de Milet - ainsi que sur la Lydie des Héraclides et des Mermnades. Un ouvrage ethnographique, intitulé Recueil de coutumes, complète ce panorama par des anecdotes se rapportant à l'ensemble du monde méditerranéen. Les fragments qui subsistent de la biographie d'Auguste composée par l'auteur couvrent ensuite la période qui va de l'adolescence d'Octave jusqu'à novembre 44 av J-C, en développant un long excursus consacré à l'assassinat de César. L'Autobiographie attribuée à Nicolas de Damas évoque enfin le contexte familial de l'historien et son éducation à Damas ainsi que son activité politique et diplomatique à la cour d'Hérode, dont il fut le secrétaire, l'ambassadeur et le confident. Rédigée à la troisième personne, cette oeuvre est la première autobiographie de langue grecque qui ait été conservée.
"This volume aims to reappraise the wide-ranging and lasting transformation of the Roman monarchy between the Principate and Late Antiquity. The focus of the book will lie on the period from Diocletian to Theodosius I (284-395) and thus on a major developmental phase in the history of the Roman Empire. During this period, the stability of monarchical rule depended heavily on the emperor's mobility, on collegial or dynastic rule, and on the military resolution of internal political crises. At the same time, profound religious changes modified the premises of political interaction and symbolic communication between the emperor and his subjects, and administrative and military readjustments changed the institutional foundations of the Roman monarchy. This volume concentrates on the measures taken by Roman emperors of this period to cope with the changing framework of their rule. The collection will examine monarchy along three distinct yet intertwined fields: Administering the Empire, Performing the Monarchy, and Balancing Religious Change. Each field possesses its own historiography and methodology, and accordingly has usually been treated separately. This volume's multifaceted approach builds on recent trends to examine imperial rule in a more integrated fashion. A brief introductory article to each thematic section provides an overview of the major developments in the field, thereby providing a coherent framework for the contributions. Including new work from a wide range of European and American scholars, both established and junior, Contested Monarchy promises to provide a fresh survey of the role of the Roman monarch in a period of significant and enduring change"--Provided by publisher.
The Roman World
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Rome the Greek World and the East
Fergus Millar is one of the most influential contemporary historians of the ancient world. His essays and books, above all The Emperor in the Roman World and The Roman Near East, have transformed our understanding of the communal culture and civil government of the Greco-Roman world. This second volume of the three-volume collection of Millar's published essays draws together twenty of his classic pieces on the government, society, and culture of the Roman Empire (some of them published in inaccessible journals). Every article in Volume 2 addresses the themes of how the Roman Empire worked in practice and what it was like to live under Roman rule. As in the first volume of the collection, English translations of the extended Greek and Latin passages in the original articles make Millar's essays accessible to readers who do not read these languages.
The Roman World 44 BC AD 180
Examining the Roman world from an unusual and illuminating angle, this volume explores the central period of the Roman empire from Julius Caesar to Marcus Aurelius. Martin Goodman focuses on the perspective of its peoples and its fringe areas, rather than from the Emperor's household, giving a balanced view of the Roman world in its entirety. Goodman outlines and discusses the major aspects of Roman rule and culture, as well as the marginal; the city state of Rome, politics, social and civic life, and religion. The Roman World 44 BC–AD 180 offers a stimulating and provocative addition to the study of the Roman world in this period, which will be of vital interest to anyone concerned with the origins of Western civilization.
Power and Status in the Roman Empire AD 193 284
This book deals with changing power and status relations between AD 193 and 284, when the Empire came under tremendous pressure, and presents new insights into the diachronic development of imperial administration and socio-political hierarchies between the second and fourth centuries.
Roman Syria and the Near East
The provinces that the Romans referred to as Syria covered a vast area occupied today by several modern states. These included some of the most spectacular ruins of the ancient world-Palmyra, Baalbek, and Apamea-and fabled cities such as Antioch, Damascus, Sidon, and Tyre. Roman Syria also comprised sites that are virtually unknown, such as the great fortress city of Zenobia on the Euphrates and the remarkably well-preserved villages of the limestone massif of northwestern Syria. Roman Syria and the Near East offers a broad overview of this major cultural crossroads. Surveying a millennium of Roman and Byzantine rule in the Near East, from Roman annexation to the Arab conquest, the book outlines Syria's crucial role in Roman history. Topics discussed include the Roman army's use of Syria as a buffer against its powerful eastern neighbors and the elaborate road system that Rome developed to connect its far-reaching empire. The book also explores the impact of geography, trade, and religion on the shaping of Syria, as well as the influence of Syrian culture on the classical world.
Quintus Smyrnaeus Posthomerica
This book, the first monograph in English on Quintus Smyrnaeus' Posthomerica in over a century, offers a comprehensive study of the poem's poetics and narrative, with a specific focus on the interaction between its Homeric intertextuality and Late Antique influences.