Roman Social Relations, 50 B.C. to A.D. 284
Roman Social Relations, 50 B.C. to A.D. 284   -     By: Ramsay MacMullen
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The aim of author Ramsay MacMullen, in ROMAN SOCIAL RELATIONS: 50 BC TO AD 284, is to get at the feelings that governed the behavior of the broad social groups or conditions at that time. This purpose requires direct quotations so that people may be heard as often as possible speaking in their own words; they mention prejudice, servility, isolation, pride, shame, friendship, indifference, contempt, loyalty, despair, or exclusiveness. The author focuses on the typicality of such feelings, analyzing how these public sentiments shaped the conduct of society and thus shaped events in Roman history. He presents material in the following categories: Rural, Rural-Urban, Urban, and Class-related quotations. CONTENTS: I. Rural II. Rural-Urban III. Urban IV. Class V. What Follows Appendix A: Subdivisions of the City Appendix B: The Lexicon of Snobbery Appendix C: Roman City Financing Ramsay MacMullen is Dunham Professor of Classics and History at Yale University.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 212
Vendor: Yale University Press
Publication Date: 1981
Dimensions: 5 1/2 X 8 (inches)
ISBN: 0300027028
ISBN-13: 9780300027020

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“In this interesting and suggestive book, Professor MacMullen views anew an important and rather neglected aspect of Roman social relations.  A perceptive and sensitive interpreter, he has drawn widely upon the scattered and unorganized evidence about the poorer classes, rural and urban, in much of the Roman Empire, and presents a fresh picture of their conditions, attitudes and aims.”—T. Robert S. Broughton
“Ramsay MacMullen’s work is always provocative and illuminating.  This book is no exception…Through good writing, clear presentation, and outstanding common-sense judgment the author has given us chapters to be read with pleasure by a large audience. Specialist or not…This fine book represents for us what we may legitimately know of ancient society.”—American Historical Review
“Much of the evidence which MacMullen uses in his narrative is illuminating, much of the analysis and argument lucid and compelling….Roman Social Relations is an interesting and lively book [that] should certainly be read by anyone interested in the social history of the ancient world.”—Journal of Social History
Ramsay MacMullen is the author of Paganism in the Roman Empire and Roman Government’s Response to Crisis, A.D. 235-337, among other works. He is Dunham Professor of History and Classics at Yale University and is currently president of the Association of Ancient Historians.

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