Wealthy, conceited, hypochondriac (or perhaps just an invalid), obsessively religious, the orator Aelius Aristides (117 to about 180) is not the most attractive figure of his age, but because he is one of the best-known -- and he is intimately known, thanks to his Sacred Tales -- his works are a vital source for the cultural and religious and political history of Greece under the Roman Empire. The papers gathered here, the fruit of a conference held at Columbia in 2007, form the most intense study of Aristides and his context to have been published since the classic work of Charles Behr forty years ago.
Aelius Aristides between Greece, Rome, and the Gods
Edited by W.V. Harris, Columbia University
The product of a collaboration between scientists, historians and archaeologists, this book breaks new ground in the study of the long-term interaction between environmental factors, including climate, and human beings.
Edited by W.V. Harris Columbia University
Mental Disorders in the Classical World seeks to show through interdisciplinary work how the first medical scientists and their lay contemporaries conceptualized mental disorders and attempted to diagnose, understand and treat them.
Taco T. Terpstra, Columbia University
In Trading Communities, Taco Terpstra shows that long-distance trade in the Roman Empire was conducted through foreign trading communities living overseas, held together by ethnic and geographical identity.
Caitlín E. Barrett
This book investigates Hellenistic popular religion through an interdisciplinary study of figurines of Egyptian deities from Delos. The results offer a new perspective on Hellenistic reinterpretations of Egyptian religion, as well as the relationship between “popular” and “official” cults.
Edited by Francesco de Angelis
In the aim to understand the place of law within the landscape of Roman life, this volume explores the interaction between judicial practices and the spaces in which they took place. Through an interdisciplinary approach, it offers a new, multifaceted picture of a key aspect of Roman culture.
Based on a thorough examination of the epigraphic, legal, and literary sources on the collegia centonariorum, this volume offers a new understanding of their origins, functions, organizations, and social and legal status in the Roman Empire from the first century BC to fourth century AD.
This book offers a study of four Greek grammars modelled on a Latin elementary grammar called Ianua of Donatus; they represent a tradition of Greek studies contemporaneous with, and parallel to, the "official" Byzantine-humanist grammar that made the revival of Greek in the West possible.
Edited by Teodolinda Barolini and H. Wayne Storey
This volume addresses a far-reaching aspects of Petrarch research and interpretation: the essential interplay between Petrarch’s texts and their material preparation and reception. To read and interpret Petrarch we must come to grips with the fundamentals of Petrarchan philology.
Drawing on documentary sources and archaeological evidence this book offers a socio-economic history of elite villas in Roman Central Italy and brings a new perspective to the debate on the slave-based villa system and the crisis of Italian villas in the imperial period.
David B. Hollander
Like coinage, bullion, financial instruments and a variety of commodities played an important role in Rome's monetary system. This book examines how the availability of such assets affected the demand for coinage and the development of the late Republican economy.
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