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surviving ancient literary sources, most of which were written by, or for, the elite, is that any person who made a living by building, manufacturing, or sales was somehow debased (Aristoteles, Politika : 1337b; Cicero, de Officiis : 150–151; Platon, Politeia : 6.495d–e; Ploutarkhos, Perikles : 1

In: New Approaches to Ancient Material Culture in the Greek & Roman World
Author: Paulina Komar

the existence of intensive ( per capita ) growth in the Roman period remains open. Some scholars emphasise a general well-being and social prosperity, 18 while others point out that living conditions of most of Roman society were in fact far from perfect. 19 Archaeology has so far provided

In: Eastern Wines on Western Tables

contextual information – a museum piece which may be an early forgery of a Minoan artefact – whose significance lies in its complex modern history and the identities created during its life in the museum. Using contextual, multi-scalar, and revisionist approaches, this addresses increasingly topical issues

In: New Approaches to Ancient Material Culture in the Greek & Roman World
Author: Vasily Rudich

, demonized); therefore, it would be both morally and politically a good idea to extirpate the opposition, whatever the cost in human life. Third, the revisionists frequently explain away the terrorist policies of such rulers by reason of state or the need for self-protection against real or potential

In: New Studies on the Portrait of Caligula in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Author: Lee Mordechai

Recent work has cautioned against using the term vaguely because of its inherent ambiguity. 13 In this article I discuss the resilience of Antioch as a city. This resilience was often correlated with, but was not identical to, the resilience of the human groups living within the city. 14 I

In: Late Antique Archaeology
Author: Kyle Harper

ecologies, and as pathogens evolve. If environmental history is the study of humanity’s changing relationship to nature over time, including both the physical and biological contexts of life, then disease history is properly a part of environmental history. The purpose of this chapter is to lay out some

In: Late Antique Archaeology

Domitian. 69 This Jewish author living in Rome justifies Tiberius’ repression of the Egyptian cults 70 by means of the scandalous story of Paulina, a high-ranking Roman matron, said to have been sexually abused in the temple of Isis by the equestrian Decius Mundus, thanks to the audacious complicity of

In: Individuals and Materials in the Greco-Roman Cults of Isis (SET)
Author: Scott Bradbury

remarkable emperor, for the Temple Mount remains to this day one of the most contested spots on earth. If the Temple had been rebuilt, its cult restored, and if Jews had returned to Jerusalem in strength sufficient to make them a major third player in the life of the Holy Land, then the long and tumultuous

In: A Companion to Julian the Apostate
Author: Marlena Whiting

Sinai Peninsula (to which I will return in greater detail). To do this I will employ the heuristic aid of the ‘braided network’, offered as an alternative to the concept of ‘embeddedness’ as a way of describing the interactions between politically, economically, and religiously motivated travel. 2

In: Pilgrimage and Economy in the Ancient Mediterranean

festival, just as sailors long for land. Then, when it arrives, every man rushes to spend, both the one who has a lot of money and the one who, living frugally, has amassed some silver. One man washes his clothes, while another borrows some. (4) And for those who practice farming, everything that the

In: Pilgrimage and Economy in the Ancient Mediterranean