Death and Renewal
Sociological Studies in Roman History Sociological Studies in Roman History v. 2
By (author) Keith Hopkins
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Death and Renewal by Keith Hopkins
Book DescriptionThis is a volume of studies concerned with death and its impact on the social order. The first topic considered is gladiatorial combat; not merely popular entertainment, it was also an important element in Roman politics. The book then investigates the composition of the political elite in the late Republic and Principate (249 BC - AD 235), showing that ideals of hereditary succession disguised high rates of social mobility. The final chapter ranges over aristocratic death rituals and tombs, funerals and ghost stories, to the search for immortality and the power of the Roman dead in distributing property by written wills.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521271172
(228mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 27-Jun-1985
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Keith Hopkins
Colosseum, Paperback (April 2011)
An account on Rome's most famous monument, the Colosseum. It details of how the arena was built and at what cost; introduces to the emperors who sometimes fought in gladiatorial games staged at the Colosseum; and, takes measure of the audience who reveled in, or opposed, these games. It trace the strange afterlife of the monument.
Conquerors and Slaves, Paperback (January 1981)» View all books by Keith Hopkins
Professor Hopkins has developed an exciting approach to social questions in antiquity and his book should be of interest to all students of ancient history and of historical sociology.
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