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By Nathan Rosenstein, Robert Morstein-Marx

ISBN-10: 1405102179

ISBN-13: 9781405102179

This Companion presents an authoritative and updated evaluate of Roman Republican background because it is presently practiced.

  • Highlights fresh advancements, together with archaeological discoveries, clean techniques to textual assets, and the hole up of latest components of ancient study
  • Retains the drama of the Republic’s upward thrust and fall
  • Emphasizes not only the proof of texts and actual continues to be, but in addition the versions and assumptions that students carry to those artefacts
  • Looks on the position performed by way of the actual geography and surroundings of Italy
  • Offers a compact yet exact narrative of army and political advancements from the start of the Roman Republic via to the demise of Julius Caesar
  • Discusses present controversies within the field

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87 Despite his stated agreement with Yakobson’s conclusions,88 he nevertheless did not wish to concern himself closely with the elections but instead went on in his search for democratic features to the votes on legislation, that is in particular to the popular assemblies organized by ‘‘tribes,’’ which had become in practice the chief legislative organ, and to the preparatory and informational meetings called contiones whose audience was not formally organized into groups. 2006 6:29pm 19 Among the advances brought by Millar’s reinterpretation of republican politics was certainly an emphasis upon speech as a medium in which political content was communicated.

That the application of the Model Life Tables has been accepted in general despite some criticism is also connected with a clear adjustment of goals found already in Hopkins’s work. That is, the goal is not to find one uniquely valid model with which to portray exactly the structure of the Roman population. Rather, it is to assign the Roman world to a group of such model statistics in a well-reasoned manner, not in order to calculate the Roman numbers precisely but rather to produce a probable range within which Roman circumstances fell.

By this method it is possible to generate different types of demographic development and to see very clearly the consequences of slight changes in some basic parameters like fertility rates or marriage ages. 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.

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