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Social Struggles in Archaic Rome: New Perspectives on the Conflict of the Orders 2nd, Expanded and Updated Edition Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1405100618
ISBN-10: 1405100613
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"A path-breaking collection of articles and a model of collaborative enterprise when it first appeared, Social Struggles has long been essential reading for students and scholars alike of the Republic’s early history. Its re-publication in an expanded second edition is to be warmly welcomed. Quite simply, it is the best introduction available in any language to the complexities of this poorly understood but crucial period in Rome’s rise to world power." Nathan Rosenstein, The Ohio State University

"Raaflaub's collection of essays has since its appearance been a standard work of reference and guide to the complexities of early Rome. The alternative views expressed on key issues make this a rich and rewarding account. Now updated, Social Struggles in Ancient Rome will once again define the future course of research in the field." Christopher J Smith, University of St Andrews

“Raaflaub’s revised publication should continue to stimulate debate regarding Rome’s social, political and religious organization in the first centuries of the Republic.”
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Book Description

The history of early republican Rome was marked by a long series of social and political struggles between the patrician elite and the plebeians (often called the 'Conflict of the Orders'). Its results helped Rome achieve the internal integration needed to conquer and rule the Mediterranean world. Despite its fundamental significance, this process is difficult to understand because contemporaneous evidence is scarce and later literary sources present a gravely deformed picture. In this new edition of Social Struggles in Archaic Rome, experts from both sides of the Atlantic illuminate the history of these social conflicts-examining their causes and nature; analysing a wide range of social, economic, legal, religious, military, and political aspects; and considering the reliability of the historical sources. The second edition is enhanced by addenda updating individual chapters in light of recent scholarship, a new chapter on aspects of material culture, an updated bibliography, and a new introduction.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 2nd, Expanded and Updated Edition edition (January 9, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405100613
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405100618
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1.1 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,703,518 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful By RET on January 25, 2014
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I was looking for a book that would tell me something about the social and political matters of the early Roman Republic, a subject about which very little has been written or published outside of dry, academic journal articles. Guess what? This book turned out to be an anthology of dry, academic journal articles. And mind you, I call the book dry and academic coming from a place where I find a lot of academic work to be quite engaging. It's stiff even by ivory tower standards.

I honestly find it hard to imagine who would find this book valuable except a student in a 400 or 500-level course on the early Republic, and then only if it were part of the assigned reading.
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