By Nathan Rosenstein, Robert Morstein-Marx
This better half offers an authoritative and updated review of Roman Republican historical past because it is at the moment practiced.
Highlights fresh advancements, together with archaeological discoveries, clean ways to textual assets, and the hole up of recent parts of ancient study.
Retains the drama of the Republic’s upward push and fall.
Emphasizes not only the facts of texts and actual continues to be, but additionally the types and assumptions that students deliver to those artefacts.
Looks on the function performed through the actual geography and setting of Italy.
Offers a compact yet particular narrative of army and political advancements from the delivery of the Roman Republic via to the demise of Julius Caesar.
Discusses present controversies within the box.
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Processual developments are marked by the predominance of secondary over primary effects, that is to say that the results of agents’ actions slip out of their control. 32 Every attempt to halt or turn back this development only promoted its further advance through its secondary effects. The direction of the historical process had become fully independent of agency. New Methods: Comparative Studies of the Lower Class and Demographic Modeling With Meier’s reconceptualization of the Roman Republic’s tendency to endure our understanding of politics and the rules by which it functioned was substantially deepened.
However, it is not easy to prove that Roman demography should be modeled on one type of development rather than another, and the variations are not irrelevant. In the meantime less pessimistic approaches have been advocated that do attribute some validity to the ancient evidence, at least to the extent that clues may be gleaned from it as to which pre-modern type of demographic development the Roman Empire seems to resemble most closely. 40 While Hopkins’s use of the Model Life Tables to formulate hypotheses about Roman demography was focused on the Imperial period, his approach always had significance for the Republic since there is no reason to suppose that the relevant parameters of demographic development had fundamentally changed.
Building on this premise, in the second part of his work Gelzer identified relationships based on personal ties and reciprocal obligation as a defining element of politics and of the pursuit and exercise of power. Gelzer was Swiss, and his experience with the political conditions of small communities certainly helped him to develop a new perspective, as did also his outsider’s stance with regard to the thought of the great Mommsen, a perspective he could more easily adopt than his German colleagues.
A Companion to the Roman Republic (Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World) by Nathan Rosenstein, Robert Morstein-Marx