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Roman History

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  16 September 2016


Ancient history often seems to lag behind other areas of history when it comes to adopting new methodological and theoretical approaches. This crop of books, however, does offer contributions in two notable and significant areas of current scholarship: first in the area of memory studies, and second representing what we might call the ‘cognitive turn’. In addition there is a robust defence of a structuralist-informed approach to Greco-Roman religion, as well, of course, as books representing the more traditional areas of ancient history such as epigraphy and biography.

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1 The Roman Audience. Classical Literature as Social History. By Wiseman, T. P.. Oxford, Oxford University Press 2015. Pp. xiii + 327. 27 illustrations. Hardback £65, ISBN: 978-0-19-871835-2 CrossRefGoogle Scholar.

2 Hidden Lives, Public Personae. Women and Civic Life in the Roman West. By Hemelrijk, Emily A.. New York and Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2015. Pp. xx + 610. 23 halftones, 57 illustrations. Hardback £55, ISBN: 978-0-19-025188-8 CrossRefGoogle Scholar.

3 The Gods, the State, and the Individual. Reflections on Civic Religion in Rome. By Scheid, John. Translated and with a foreword by Ando, Clifford. Philadelphia, PA, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015. Pp. xxiii + 175. Hardback £36, ISBN: 978-0-8122-4766-4 Google Scholar.

4 They should look instead at his useful An Introduction to Roman Religion, trans. Lloyd, Janet (Edinburgh, 2003)Google Scholar.

5 Roman Social Imaginaries. Language and Thought in Contexts of Empire. By Ando, Clifford. Toronto, Buffalo, and London, University of Toronto Press, 2015. Pp. 136. Hardback £27.99, ISBN: 978-1-4426-5017-6 Google Scholar.

6 Lavan, M., Slaves to Rome. Paradigms of Empire in Roman Culture. (Cambridge, 2013)Google Scholar; Richardson, J., The Language of Empire. Rome and the Idea of Empire from the Third Century bc to the Second Century ad (Cambridge, 2008)Google Scholar.

7 See too Galinsky, K. (ed.) Memoria Romana. Memory in Rome and Rome in Memory (Ann Arbor, MI, 2014)CrossRefGoogle Scholar.

8 Cultural Memories in the Roman Empire. Edited by Galinsky, Karl and Lapatin, Kenneth. Los Angeles, CA, Getty Publications, 2015. Pp. x + 296. 53 colour and 85 b/w illustrations. Paperback £49.50, ISBN: 978-1-60606-462-7 Google Scholar.

9 Memory in Ancient Rome and Early Christianity. Edited by Galinsky, Karl. Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2016. Pp. x + 406. Hardback £80, ISBN: 978-0-19-874476-4 Google Scholar.

10 Theodora. Actress, Empress, Saint. By Potter, David. Women in Antiquity. New York, Oxford University Press, 2015. Pp. ix + 277. 25 illustrations. Hardback £17.99, ISBN: 978-0-19-974076-5 Google Scholar.