Ancient History: Key Themes and Approaches (Routledge Key by Neville Morley

By Neville Morley

This sourcebook provides over 500 of crucial stimulating and provocative arguments through glossy writers on quite a lot of matters in historic heritage.

The first part offers with assorted features of existence within the old global, reminiscent of democracy, imperialism, slavery and sexuality, whereas the second one part covers the tips of key historic historians and different writers on classical antiquity.

total this booklet deals a useful advent to an important rules, theories and controversies in historic background, and a thought-provoking survey of the diversity of perspectives and ways to the topic.

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Or the two are one. In both we can discover some variation in moral values up and down the social spectrum. In both we can detect the views of individuals especially interested and sensitive about morals, who rise above everyday norms of actual behaviour. We know them from their words, which inspire. If we look to deeds, however, and try to see patterns of action in the population at large that clearly reflect Christian preaching, we are hard put to find anything very significant. ’, Historia, 35 (1986), pp.

25 1 CITY 2 The level of urbanization in the Roman Empire was not equalled or surpassed for at least a millennium. That is a plausible claim or even probable; but how does one demonstrate that it is true? There are several indices which can be used: the size of the urban population, the inhabited areas of towns, the area enclosed by walls, the sheer number of towns, the splendour of public monuments, the size of public benefactions, the sophistication of artef acts found by archaeologists, the known division of labour.

In most ancient civilizations comfort spelled luxury and was the prerogative of the privileged few. Urban life was the medium by which the Romans contrived to spread an unusually high standard of material well-being surprisingly far down the social scale. Water supply and drainage, public order, the maintenance of streets and public buildings, public entertainment, security for private property—these are only a few of the municipal services available to every citizen. By modern standards there are notable gaps: education and health for example.

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