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Roman History

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  29 March 2016


This crop of books features, inter alia, a real blockbuster, the Roman Guy Fawkes, a host of bishops, and the welcome appearance of some Roman women. The under-representation of women as writers of Roman history has been something I noted in previous reviews; the under-representation of women in Roman history is scarcely news, meanwhile. However, this review includes no fewer than three biographies of Roman women, only one of whom was an empress (who could be considered the ‘usual suspects’).

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1 Two of them come from the welcome OUP series Women in Antiquity. Faustina I and II. Imperial Women of the Golden Age, by Barbara Levick, reviewed in a previous issue, is part of the same series.

2 Monica. An Ordinary Saint. By Gillian Clark. Women in Antiquity. Oxford and New York, Oxford University Press, 2015. Pp. viii + 199. 14 illustrations, 1 map. Hardback £64, ISBN: 978-0-19-998838-9; paperback £18.99, ISBN: 978-0-19-998839-6.

3 Turia. A Roman Woman's Civil War. By Josiah Osgood. Women in Antiquity. Oxford and New York, Oxford University Press, 2014. Pp. xvi + 215. Hardback £68, ISBN: 978-0-19-983234-7; paperback £19.99, ISBN: 978-0-19-983234-7.

4 Rome's Christian Empress. Galla Placidia Rules at the Twilight of the Empire. By Joyce E. Salisbury. Baltimore, MD, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015. Pp. ix + 236. 11 halftones, 1 line drawing, 7 maps. Hardcover £22.50, ISBN: 978-1-4214-1700-4. The ‘Women in Antiquity’ series published H. Savin, Galla Placidia. The Last Roman Empress (Oxford, 2011), which followed on from S. I. Oost, Galla Placidia Augusta (Chicago, IL, 1968).

5 Catiline. By Barbara Levick. Ancients in Action. London, Bloomsbury Academic, 2015. Pp. xiii + 134. Paperback £14.99, ISBN: 978-1-4725-3489-7.

6 The Final Pagan Generation. By Edward Watts. Oakland, CA University of California Press, 2015. Pp. xvii + 327. Hardback £24.95, ISBN: 978-0-520-28370-1.

7 A. Cameron, The Last Pagans of Rome (Oxford, 2011).

8 Children and Asceticism in Late Antiquity. Continuity, Family Dynamics and the Rise of Christianity. By Ville Vuolanto. Farnham, Ashgate, 2015. Pp. viii + 263. 1 b/w illustration. Hardback £63, ISBN: 978-1-4724-1436-6.

9 The Bishop of Rome in Late Antiquity. Edited by Geoffrey B. Dunn. Farnham, Ashgate, 2015. Pp. xi + 273. 1 map. Hardback £70, ISBN: 978-1-4724-5551-2.

10 The Moving City. Processions, Passages and Promenades in Ancient Rome. Edited by Ida Östenberg, Simon Malmberg, and Jonas Bjørnebye. London, Bloomsbury Academic, 2015. Pp. xiv + 361. 10 b/w illustrations. Hardback £80, ISBN: 978-1-4725-2800-1.

11 Rome's Revolution. Death of the Republic and Birth of the Empire, By Richard Alston. Ancient Warfare and Civilization. Oxford and New York, Oxford University Press, 2015. Pp. xvii + 385. 18 illustrations, 7 maps. Hardback £20, ISBN: 978-0-19-973976-9.

12 SPQR. A History of Ancient Rome. By Mary Beard. London, Profile Books, 2015. Pp. 606. Hardback £25, ISBN: 978-1-84668-380-0.