Death and Renewal: Volume 2: Sociological Studies in Roman History

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Cambridge University Press, 27 juin 1985 - 276 pages
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This is a volume of studies concerned with death and its impact on the social order. The first topic considered is gladiatorial combat; not merely popular entertainment, it was also an important element in Roman politics. The book then investigates the composition of the political elite in the late Republic and Principate (249 BC - AD 235), showing that ideals of hereditary succession disguised high rates of social mobility. The final chapter ranges over aristocratic death rituals and tombs, funerals and ghost stories, to the search for immortality and the power of the Roman dead in distributing property by written wills.
 

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POLITICAL SUCCESSION IN THE LATE REPUBLIC
30
The research design and its limitations
44
Analysis of findings
54
Mortality and fertility
68
IO How many consuls had one or more consular or Republican
103
v1 A competitive culture some implications of
106
vil Conclusions
117
Methods
127
DEATH IN R O
201
The living and the dead
233
Bibliography
257
Index of subjects
266
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Keith Hopkins is a professor of ancient history at King's College, Cambridge, & a fellow of the British Academy. He lives in Cambridge, England.

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