By David S. Potter

A better half to the Roman Empire offers readers with a advisor either to Roman imperial heritage and to the sphere of Roman experiences, taking account of the newest discoveries.

This better half brings jointly thirty unique essays guiding readers via Roman imperial historical past and the sector of Roman studies.
Shows that Roman imperial historical past is a compelling and colourful subject.
Includes major new contributions to numerous components of Roman imperial history.
Covers the social, highbrow, fiscal and cultural heritage of the Roman Empire.
Contains an in depth bibliography.

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In the first two centuries C E , Rostovtzeff’s emperors supported the interests of what he termed the urban bourgeoisie, before switching direction and becoming the tools of the peasant armies they had previously kept in check, armies that shared the rural population’s class hatred for those in the cities. Exploitation of the peasantry led to revolution and military dictatorship. Rostovtzeff’s vision, born, as he made very clear, of his experience of the Russian revolution, and less explicitly, perhaps, of his personal relationships with some early leaders of the Bolshevik movement, did not let the people off the hook so easily as did Syme’s.

His intellectual precocity is evident from the fact that he took a degree in psychology at Syracuse University at the age of fifteen (Whittaker 1996: 460). Moving on to Columbia, where he took an MA in public law, he met his future wife, a classicist, and enrolled in the PhD program in ancient history (Whittaker 1996: 461). At the time that he finished his graduate work, Jews were not readily welcomed in the East Coast establishment that dominated American academe in the first part of the century.

First of all the province, remembering his service as prosecutor of Baebius Massa, a previous governor, whom Pliny claimed was even worse than Priscus, asked him to serve. Pliny’s colleagues in the prefecture of the treasury, a post-praetorian office he was then holding, told him not to touch the case. Although Pliny does not say as much, this would have been three prosecutions in three years, possibly giving the impression that he liked this sort of thing.

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