Ordering Knowledge in the Roman Empire by Jason KönigOrdering Knowledge in the Roman Empire by Jason König

Ordering Knowledge in the Roman Empire

EditorJason König, Tim Whitmarsh

Paperback | June 30, 2011

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The Romans commanded the largest and most complex empire the world had ever seen, or would see until modern times. The challenges, however, were not just political, economic and military: Rome was also the hub of a vast information network, drawing in worldwide expertise and refashioning it for its own purposes. This fascinating 2007 collection of essays considers the dialogue between technical literature and imperial society, drawing on, developing and critiquing a range of modern cultural theories (including those of Michel Foucault and Edward Said). How was knowledge shaped into textual forms, and how did those forms encode relationships between emperor and subjects, theory and practice, Roman and Greek, centre and periphery? Ordering Knowledge in the Roman Empire will be required reading for those concerned with the intellectual and cultural history of the Roman Empire, and its lasting legacy in the medieval world and beyond.
Title:Ordering Knowledge in the Roman EmpireFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.67 inPublished:June 30, 2011Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521296935

ISBN - 13:9780521296939


Table of Contents

Part I. Introduction: 1. Ordering knowledge Jason König and Tim Whitmarsh; Part II. Knowledge and Textual Order: 2. Fragmentation and coherence in Plutarch's Quaestiones Convivales Jason König; 3. Galen and Athenaeus in the Hellenistic library John Wilkins; 4. Guides to the wor(l)d Andrew Riggsby; 5. Petronius' lessons in learning - the hard way Victoria Rimell; 6. Diogenes Laërtius, biographer of philosophy James Warren; 7. The creation of Isidore's Etymologies or Origins John Henderson; Part III. Knowledge and Social Order: 8. Knowledge and power in Frontinus' On Aqueducts Alice König; 9. Measures for an emperor: Volusius Maecianus' monetary pamphlet for Marcus Aurelius Serafina Cuomo; 10. Probing the entrails of the universe: astrology as bodily knowledge in Manilius' Astronomica Thomas Habinek; 11. Galen's imperial order of knowledge Rebecca Flemming.

Editorial Reviews

In sum, this volume comes highly recommended on account of the wide range of authors it considers; the variety of analytical methods it employs; and its nuanced understanding of the relationship between compilations of knowledge and their contexts. --BCMR