In this highly-illustrated book, Mary T. Boatwright examines five of the peoples incorporated into the Roman world from the Republican through the Imperial periods: northerners, Greeks, Egyptians, Jews, and Christians. It explores over time the tension between assimilation and distinctiveness, as well as the changes effected in Rome by its multicultural nature.
How did a single village community in the Italian peninsula eventually become one of the most powerful imperial powers the world has ever known? In The Romans: From Village to Empire, Second Edition, Mary T. Boatwright, Daniel J. Gargola, Richard J.A. Talbert, and new coauthor Noel Lenski explore this question as they guide students through a comprehensive sweep of Roman history, ranging from the prehistoric settlements to the fall of the empire in 476. Addressing issues that still confront modern states worldwide--including warfare, empire building, consensus forging, and political fragmentation--the authors also provide glimpses into everyday Roman life and perspective, demonstrating how Rome's growth as a state is inseparable from its social and cultural development. Vividly written and accessible, The Romans, Second Edition, traces Rome's remarkable evolution from village, to monarchy, to republic, to one-man rule by an emperor--whose power at its peak stretched from Scotland to Iraq and the Nile Valley--to the empire's fall in 476. Firmly grounded in ancient literary and material sources, the text describes and analyzes major political and military landmarks, from the Punic Wars, to Caesar's conquest of Gaul and his crossing of the Rubicon, to the victory of Octavian over Mark Antony, and through Constantine's adoption of Christianity. Featuring two new chapters (13 and 14), the second edition extends the book's coverage through the rise of Christianity, the growth of the Barbarian threat, the final years of the empire, its fall in 476, and, finally, to its revival in the East as Byzantium. This edition also combines chapters 1 and 2 into one--"Archaic Italy and the Origins of Rome"--and integrates more material on women, religion, and cultural history throughout. Ideal for courses in Roman history and Roman civilization, The Romans, Second Edition, is enhanced by two new 8-page, 4-color inserts and almost 100 extensively captioned illustrations. It also includes more than 30 ancient maps, revised and improved under the supervision of coauthor Richard J. A. Talbert, and textual extracts that provide fascinating cultural observations made by ancient Romans themselves. A new Image Bank CD contains PowerPoint-based slides of all the photos and maps in the text.
The building inscriptions of M. Vipsanius Agrippa, Augustus’ colleague and confidant (64/63–12 BCE), have not been assessed as a group, particularly not with regard to their appearance and materials. About a dozen building inscriptions of Agrippa survive. Found from Mérida, Spain, to Olympia, Greece, they present numerous difficulties. Most are now quite fragmentary and all seem to have been so terse originally as to confound their chronology. They are often dated by Agrippa’s known movements in Rome’s territories, although an emperor or close associate of the imperial family did not have to be in situ to initiate or complete construction of a public building. The building inscriptions have also been used to substantiate theories about Agrippa’s – and Augustan – interest in urbanization, regional development, and the like. This paper turns directly to the inscriptions themselves. Their comprehensive survey as artifacts, focusing on physical aspects and arranged chronologically when possible, disentangles some problems related to individual inscriptions and the buildings they identified. The examination of this corpus, moreover, illuminates both the public persona of Agrippa, and epigraphic practices in and outside of Rome during the transformation from Republic to Principate,3 contributing to our understanding of self-representation and public benefaction in this pivotal period.