Aspects of Roman History 31 BC-AD 117
To Be Published November 8th 2013 by Routledge – 536 pages
This new edition of Aspects of Roman History 31 BC- AD 117 provides a guide to the history of the early Roman Empire. Taking us from its foundation under Augustus to the height of its power under Trajan, the book considers the key historical events that shaped Roman history. Blending social and economic history with political history, Richard Alston’s revised edition guides students through key issues, introducing sources, exploring techniques by which those sources might be read, and encouraging students to develop their historical judgement.
In the first half of the book, each emperor is considered in turn. The reader is introduced to the events and the chronological framework of each reign, and led to a consideration of the key issues that underpin our understanding of the emperors. Students are guided to the particular sources and encouraged to explore the crucial issues. In the second half, a more thematic approach introduces students to major aspects of economic and social history. Studies of gender and sexuality, religion and religious change, slavery and the social hierarchy, provinces, and cultural change introduce a range of controversies in historical research.
The new edition, covering an additional 45 years of history from Actium to the death of Augustus, is revised to take into account recent developments in historical research in the period and to reflect a greater focus on social and economic history in schools and universities. It is expanded to provide more information on the foundation of the imperial system under Augustus and the issues relating to Augustan Rome. Further, students are given more support in understanding the history of the provinces and of Roman imperialism. Aspects of Roman History 31 BC- AD 117 provides an invaluable introduction to Roman Imperial history.
'This book is intended to provide an introductory overview of Roman Imperial history to students with little experience in its study.' - Oxon Book Review
List of illustrations Preface List of abbreviations 1. Rome Before Augustus 2. Augustus 3. Tiberius (AD 14–37) 4. Gaius Caligula (AD 37–41) 5. Claudius (AD 41–54) 6. Nero (AD 54–68) 7. Civil wars (AD 69–70) 8. Vespasian and Titus (AD 70–81) 9. Domitian (AD 81–96) 10. Nerva and Trajan (AD 96–117) 11. Society 12. The economy 13. Administration and Government 14. The Roman army and military policy 15. Family and Gender 16. Religion 17. Romanisation Glossary Further reading Index
Richard Alston is Lecturer in Roman History at Royal Holloway, University of London. He has also been a senior examiner in ancient history at A-Level. He is the author of Soldier and Society in Roman Egypt: A Social History (Routledge 1995).