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An innovative work on the plebs in late-antique North Africa - JULIO CESAR MAGALHÃES DE OLIVEIRA, POTESTAS POPULI. PARTICIPATION POPULAIRE ET ACTION COLLECTIVE DANS LES VILLES DE L’AFRIQUE ROMAINE TARDIVE (vers 300-430 apr. J.-C.) (Bibliothèque de l’Antiquité Tardive 24; Brepols, Turnhout 2012). Pp. 377, figs. 32, map. ISBN 978-2-503-54646-9. EUR 75,00.

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  27 November 2014

Brent D. Shaw*
Department of Classics, Princeton University, NJ,


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1 Earlier versions of two of the chapters have been published previously in AnTard 12 (2004) and 14 (2006)Google Scholar; both were reworked for the present book.

2 Jacques, F., Le privilège de liberté: politique impériale et autonomie municipale dans les cités de l’Occident romain (161-244) (Rome 1984) 379404, especially 401-2Google Scholar.

3 Veyne, P., Le pain et le cirque: sociologie historique d’un pluralisme politique (Paris 1976; repr. 1995) 540-43CrossRefGoogle Scholar.

4 In works published by James Scott from the 1970s through the 1990s, but perhaps best exemplified by his Domination and the arts of resistance: hidden transcripts (New Haven, CT 1990)Google Scholar.

5 Hermanowicz, E. T., “Catholic bishops and appeals to the imperial court: a legal study of the Calama riot in 408,” JECS 12 (2004) 481521 Google Scholar.

6 In his novel analyses of ‘mob’ behavior published through the 1950s and 1960s, the most generally influential of which was his The crowd in history: a study of popular disturbances in France and England, 1730-1848 (New York 1964; revd. edn. 1981)Google Scholar.

7 Evers, A., Church, cities, and people: a study of the plebs in the Church and cities of Roman Africa in late antiquity (Leuven 2010)Google Scholar.

8 Supra n.1.

9 Merely for the sake of example: Brown, Peter, “Dialogues with the crowd,” chapt 21 in Through the eye of a needle: wealth, the fall of Rome and the making of Christianity in the West, 350-550 AD (Princeton, NJ 2012) 339-58Google Scholar [reviewed in this issue by J. Howard-Johnson]; and, especially, Dossey, L., Peasant and empire in Christian North Africa (Berkeley, CA 2010)Google Scholar [reviewed by Fentress, E. in JRA 24 (2011) 847-50Google Scholar] who brilliantly evokes the new flourishing world of villages for the age that Magalhães de Oliveira is considering.