The End of the Past
Ancient Rome and the Modern West
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End of the Past by Aldo Schiavone
Book DescriptionThis searching interpretation of the past and present addresses fundamental questions about the fall of the Roman Empire. Why did ancient culture, once so strong and rich, come to an end? was it destroyed by weaknesses inherent in its nature? or were mistakes made that could have been avoided - was there a point at which Greco-Roman society took a wrong turn? and in what ways is modern society different Western history is split into tow discontinuous eras, Aldo Schiavone tells us: the ancient world was fundamentally different from the modern one. He locates the essential differences in a series of economic factors: a slave-based economy, relative lack of mechanisation and technology, the dominance of agriculture over urban industry. Also crucial aspects of the ancient mentality; disdain for manual work, a preference for transcending (rather than transforming) nature, a basic belief in the permanence of limits. The author's examination of the ancient world, "the eternal theatre of history and power", offers a stimulating opportunity to view modern society in light of the experience of antiquity.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674009837
(229mm x 149mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 1-Oct-2002
Country of Publication: United States
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The slave and gladiator Spartacus has been the subject of myth-making in his own time and of movie-making in ours. Aldo Schiavone brings him squarely into the arena of serious history. Spartacus emerges here as the commander of an army, whose aim was to incite Italy to revolt against Rome and to strike at the very heart of the imperial system.
Invention of Law in the West, Hardback (December 2011)» View all books by Aldo Schiavone
Law is a specific form of social regulation distinct from religion, ethics, and even politics, and endowed with a strong and autonomous rationality. Its invention, a crucial aspect of Western history, took place against the backdrop of the Roman Empire's gradual consolidation. Schiavone reconstructs this development with clear-eyed passion.
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Author Biography - Aldo Schiavone
Aldo Schiavone is Professor of Roman Law and Director of the Istituto Italiano di Scienze Umane.
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