Edited by Kamil Cyprian Choda, Maurits Sterk de Leeuw and Fabian Schulz

The collective volume Gaining and Losing Imperial Favour in Late Antiquity: Representation and Reality, edited by Kamil Cyprian Choda, Maurits Sterk de Leeuw, and Fabian Schulz, offers new insights into the political culture of the Roman Empire in the 4th and 5th centuries A.D., where the emperor’s favour was paramount. The papers examine how people gained, maintained, or lost imperial favour. They approach this theme by studying processes of interpersonal influence and competition through the lens of modern sociological models. Taking into account both political reality and literary representation, this volume will have much to offer to students of late-antique history and/or literature as well as to those interested in the politics of pre-modern monarchical states.


Edited by Carsten Hjort Lange and Frederik Juliaan Vervaet

The Historiography of Late Republican Civil War is part of a burgeoning new trend that focuses on the great impact of stasis and civil war on Roman society. This volume specifically concentrates on the Late Republic, a transformative period marked by social and political violence, stasis, factional strife, and civil war. Its constitutive chapters closely study developments and discussions concerning the concept of civil war in the late republican and early imperial historiography of the late Republic, from L. Cornelius Sulla Felix to the Severan dynasty.

Edited by Kirill Dmitriev, Julia Hauser and Bilal Orfali

Insatiable Appetite: Food as Cultural Signifier in the Middle East and Beyond explores the cultural ramifications of food and foodways in the Mediterranean, and Arab-Muslim countries in particular. The volume addresses the cultural meanings of food from a wider chronological scope, from antiquity to present, adopting approaches from various disciplines, including classical Greek philology, Arabic literature, Islamic studies, anthropology, and history. The contributions to the book are structured around six thematic parts, ranging in focus from social status to religious prohibitions, gender issues, intoxicants, vegetarianism, and management of scarcity.


Markian Prokopovych, Carl Bethke and Tamara Scheer

The Habsburg Empire often features in scholarship as a historical example of how language diversity and linguistic competence were essential to the functioning of the imperial state. Focusing critically on the urban-rural divide, on the importance of status for multilingual competence, on local governments, schools, the army and the urban public sphere, and on linguistic policies and practices in transition, this collective volume provides further evidence for both the merits of how language diversity was managed in Austria-Hungary and the problems and contradictions that surrounded those practices. The book includes contributions by Pieter M. Judson, Marta Verginella, Rok Stergar, Anamarija Lukić, Carl Bethke, Irina Marin, Ágoston Berecz, Csilla Fedinec, István Csernicskó, Matthäus Wehowski, Jan Fellerer, and Jeroen van Drunen.

The Functions and Use of Roman Coinage

An Overview of 21st Century Scholarship


Fleur Kemmers

In this publication Fleur Kemmers gives an overview of 21st century scholarship on Roman coinage for students and scholars in the fields of ancient history and Roman archaeology. First, it addresses the study of numismatics as a discipline and the theoretical and methodological advances of the last decades. Secondly, it provides guidelines on how to consult numismatic reference works, including those available online. Recent scholarly approaches and insights in the functions of Roman coins as both vehicles of political communication and instruments for state payments are critically assessed. Furthermore, the publication reviews the evidence for a conscious monetary policy on the part of the Roman authorities. Finally, the impact of Roman expansion and imperialism on monetisation and coin use in Rome´s Empire is discussed.

Attributing Excellence in Medicine

The History of the Nobel Prize


Edited by Nils Hansson, Thorsten Halling and Heiner Fangerau

Attributing Excellence in Medicine discusses the aura around the prestigious Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. It analyzes the social processes and contingent factors leading to recognition and reputation in science and medicine. This volume will help the reader to better understand the dynamics of the attribution of excellence throughout the 20th century.

Contributors are Massimiano Bucchi, Fabio De Sio, Jacalyn Duffin, Heiner Fangerau, Thorsten Halling, Nils Hansson, David S. Jones, Gustav Källstrand, Ulrich Koppitz, Pauline Mattsson, Katarina Nordqvist, Scott H. Podolsky, Thomas Schlich, and Sven Widmalm.


Edited by Daniëlle Slootjes and Harm Kaal

New Perspectives on Power and Political Representation from Ancient History to the Present Day offers a unique perspective on political communication between rulers and ruled from antiquity to the present day by putting the concept of representation center stage. It explores the dynamic relationship between elites and the people as it was shaped by constructions of self-representation and representative claims. The contributors to this volume – specialists in ancient, medieval, early-modern and modern history – move away from reductionist associations of political representation with formal aspects of modern, democratic, electoral, and parliamentarian politics. Instead, they contend that the construction of political representation involves a set of discourses, practices, and mechanisms that, although they have been applied and appropriated in various ways in a range of historical contexts, has stood the test of time.

Das deutsche Paris

Der Blick der Besatzer 1940-1944

Bernd Wegner

Paris nimmt unter den im Zweiten Weltkrieg besetzten Städten einen besonderen Platz ein: Für die deutschen Besatzer war die Stadt ein von vielerlei Klischees besetzter Sehnsuchtsort, für die Pariser ein Raum gefährlicher Balance zwischen Widerstand und Kollaboration.
Bernd Wegners Buch zeichnet ein Bild davon, wie deutsche Soldaten und zivile Besatzer Paris in den Jahren des Krieges sahen. Die französische Hauptstadt in deutscher Hand – das war keine gemeinsame Realität, sondern eine Fülle konkurrierender, oftmals widersprüchlicher Erfahrungen. Wegner gibt in seiner dokumentarischen Collage einer größtmöglichen Vielfalt zeitgenössischer Stimmen und Bilder Raum. Im kritischen Blick des Historikers werden diese Eindrücke vom Leben der Besatzer zwischen Siegeseuphorie und Zukunftsangst in ihrer Doppeldeutigkeit erkennbar: Sie zeigen auf den ersten Blick nur das, was die Besatzer sehen und berichten wollten. Aber dennoch scheint hinter Ihnen die harsche Wirklichkeit einer besetzten Stadt auf.

The Impact of Justice on the Roman Empire

Proceedings of the Thirteenth Workshop of the International Network Impact of Empire (Gent, June 21-24, 2017)


Edited by Olivier Hekster and Koenraad Verboven

The Impact of Justice on the Roman Empire discusses ways in which notions, practice and the ideology of justice impacted on the functioning of the Roman Empire. The papers assembled in this volume follow from the thirteenth workshop of the international network Impact of Empire. They focus on what was considered just in various groups of Roman subjects, how these views were legitimated, shifted over time, and how they affected policy making and political, administrative, and judicial practices. Linking all of the papers are three common themes: the emperor and justice, justice in a dispersed empire and differentiation of justice.

Provokationen der Technikgeschichte

Zum Reflexionszwang historischer Forschung

Edited by Martina Heßler and Heike Weber

Technisierungsprozesse verändern derzeit die Lebenswelt in einer Weise, wie es zuvor nur der Industrialisierung attestiert wurde. Diese Herausforderungen der Gegenwart provozieren die historische Technikforschung, neue und große Fragen zu stellen.

Im Sinne einer gegenwartsorientierten Geschichtsschreibung kann Technikgeschichte nur dann zu aktuellen Debatten beitragen, wenn sie sich dem Zwang zur kritischen Reflexion stellt und neue Konzepte, Herangehensweisen und Untersuchungsfelder entwickelt. Der Band macht daher Vorschläge zur Erforschung von Digitalisierungs- und Globalisierungsprozessen sowie zur Reflexion des Menschseins in einer technisierten Welt. Weiter nimmt der Band zur Ausrufung des Anthropozäns und zur Problematik der unterschiedlichen Temporalitäten von Technik Stellung.