The Oxford Handbook of Social Relations in the Roman World by Michael PeachinThe Oxford Handbook of Social Relations in the Roman World by Michael Peachin

The Oxford Handbook of Social Relations in the Roman World

EditorMichael Peachin

Paperback | June 15, 2014

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The study of Roman society and social relations blossomed in the 1970s. By now, we possess a very large literature on the individuals and groups that constituted the Roman community, and the various ways in which members of that community interacted. There simply is, however, no overview thattakes into account the multifarious progress that has been made in the past thirty-odd years. The purpose of this handbook is twofold. On the one hand, it synthesizes what has heretofore been accomplished in this field. On the other hand, it attempts to configure the examination of Roman socialrelations in some new ways, and thereby indicates directions in which the discipline might now proceed. The book opens with a substantial general introduction that portrays the current state of the field, indicates some avenues for further study, and provides the background necessary for the following chapters. It lays out what is now known about the historical development of Roman society and theessential structures of that community. In a second introductory article, Clifford Ando explains the chronological parameters of the handbook. The main body of the book is divided into the following six sections: 1) Mechanisms of Socialization (primary education, rhetorical education, family, law),2) Mechanisms of Communication and Interaction, 3) Communal Contexts for Social Interaction, 4) Modes of Interpersonal Relations (friendship, patronage, hospitality, dining, funerals, benefactions, honor), 5) Societies Within the Roman Community (collegia, cults, Judaism, Christianity, the army),and 6) Marginalized Persons (slaves, women, children, prostitutes, actors and gladiators, bandits). The result is a unique, up-to-date, and comprehensive survey of ancient Roman society.
Michael Peachin is Professor of Classics at New York University
Title:The Oxford Handbook of Social Relations in the Roman WorldFormat:PaperbackDimensions:756 pages, 9.61 × 6.69 × 0.68 inPublished:June 15, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgementsAbbreviationsI. Prefatory Material1. Michael Peachin: Introduction to the Volume2. Clifford Ando: From Republic to EmpireII. Mechanisms of Socialization3. Josiah Osgood: Making Romans in the Family4. Marietta Horster: Primary Education5. Joy Connolly: Rhetorical Education6. Johannes Hahn: Philosophy as Socio-Political Upbringing7. Dennis P. Kehoe: Law and Social Formation in the Roman EmpireIII. Mechanisms of Communication and Interaction8. Charles W. Hedrick, Jr.: Literature and Communication9. Elizabeth A. Meyer: Epigraphy and Communication10. Andrea Jordens: Communicating with Tablets and Papyri11. Carlos F. Norega: Coins and CommunicationIV. Communal Contexts for Social Interaction12. Harriet I. Flower: Elite Self-Representation in Rome13. Francisco Pina Polo: Public Speaking in Rome: A Question of Auctoritas14. Thomas A. Schmitz: The Second Sophistic15. Leanne Bablitz: Roman Society in the Courtroom16. Kathleen M. Coleman: Public Entertainments17. Garrett G. Fagan: Socializing at the BathsV. Modes of Interpersonal Relations18. J.E. Lendon: Roman Honor19. Koenraad Verboven: Friendship among the Romans20. John Nicols: Hospitality among the Romans21. Katherine M.D. Dunbabin and William J. Slater: Roman Dining22. Garrett G. Fagan: Violence in Roman Social RelationsVI. Societies Within the Roman Community23. Jonathan S. Perry: Organized Societies: Collegia24. David Potter: The Roman Army25. John Scheid: Graeco-Roman Cultic Societies26. Seth Schwartz: Ancient Jewish Social Relations27. Adam H. Becker: Christian SocietyVII. Marginalized Persons28. Leonhard Schumacher: Slaves in Roman Society29. Kristina Milnor: Women in Roman Society30. Jens-Uwe Krause: Children in the Roman Family and Beyond31. Thomas A.J. McGinn: Roman Prostitutes and Marginalization32. Hartmut Leppin: Between Marginality and Celebrity: Entertainers and Entertainments in Roman Society33. J.B. Rives: Magicians and Astrologers34. Werner Riess: The Roman Bandit (Latro) as Criminal and Outsider35. Johannes Stahl: Physically Deformed and Disabled People