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Brill’s Companion to Bodyguards in the Ancient Mediterranean is the first scholarly volume solely dedicated to understanding bodyguards of the ancient Mediterranean world. From the Pharaohs of Egypt through to the emperors of the Early Byzantine Empire, this volume not only identifies who served as bodyguards for rulers and other political powerbrokers, but also details the symbolic role bodyguards played in the maintenance of power. The volume also highlights the political, religious, and social significance of bodyguards to individual regimes, and the important role bodyguards played in the projection of power and legitimacy to key interest groups within a particular society.
With this analysis of Sol images, Steven E. Hijmans paints a new picture of the solar cult in ancient Rome. The paucity of literary evidence led Hijmans to prioritize visual sources, and he opens this study with a thorough discussion of the theoretical and methodological issues involved. Emphasizing the danger of facile equivalencies between visual and verbal meanings, his primary focus is Roman praxis, manifest in, for instance, the strict patterning of Sol imagery. These patterns encode core concepts that Sol imagery evoked when deployed, and in those concepts we recognize the bedrock of Rome’s understandings of the sun and his cult. Case studies illustrate these concepts in action and the final chapter analyzes the historical context in which previous, now discredited views on Sol could arise.
Der Doppelband umfasst zum einen das als „Enmannsche Kaisergeschichte“ (B 1) bekannte, aber nicht mehr im Original erhaltene lateinische Geschichtswerk aus dem 4. Jahrhundert, das hier als Rekonstruktion auf der Basis späterer Autoren vorgelegt wird.
Zum anderen enthält der Band das um 370 n. Chr. verfasste Breviarium des Rufius Festus (B 4), der zu den Benutzern der „Enmannschen Kaisergeschichte“ gehörte und in seinem knappen Werk die Expansion des Imperium Romanum anhand der einzelnen Provinzen nachzeichnete. Der lateinische Originaltext des Breviarium wird von einer deutschen Übersetzung und einem philologisch-historischen Kommentar begleitet.
B. G. Niebuhr, the founder of ‘modern history’, exerts an enduring influence; even in death, Goethe once claimed, ‘[Niebuhr] still walks around and works’. Today, Niebuhr is a humbler phantom, rarely invoked and largely forgotten. Similar fates await the shades of Theodor Mommsen, Friedrich Münzer, and Matthias Gelzer. Yet, each demands reconsideration and revitalization. Their texts remain foundational, constituting the conceptual and methodological core of Republican political studies. Politics in the Roman Republic (re)presents the first critical, comprehensive, Anglophone survey of these scholars’ influence. Its innovative reassessments dispel deep-seated misconceptions and emphasize relevance. The work’s unique (re)interpretations render it essential reading for any student of Rome: specialist and non-specialist alike.
This series is no longer published by Brill

Ancient West & East is a peer-reviewed (bi-)annual devoted to the study of the history and archaeology of the periphery of the Graeco-Roman world, concentrating on local societies and cultures and their interaction with the Graeco-Roman, Near Eastern and early Byzantine worlds. The chronological and geographical scope is deliberately broad and comprehensive, ranging from the second millennium BC to Late Antiquity, and encompassing the whole ancient Mediterranean world and beyond, including ancient Central and Eastern Europe, the Black Sea region, Central Asia and the Near East.
Ancient West & East aims to bring forward high-calibre studies from a wide range of disciplines and to provide a forum for discussion and better understanding of the interface of the classical and barbarian world throughout the period.
Ancient West & East will reflect the thriving and fascinating developments in the study of the ancient world, bringing together Classical and Near Eastern Studies and Eastern and Western scholarship.
Each volume will consist of articles, notes and reviews. Libraries and scholars will appreciate to find so much new material easily accessible in one volume.
Historische und archäologische Untersuchungen
Die von Imperien ausgelösten Dynamiken, ihre Entstehung, Transformationen und Auflösung haben die antike Geschichte in Zentralasien, der Mittelmeerwelt und Kontinentaleuropa entscheidend mitbestimmt. Konflikte und Kooperationen zwischen Imperien ebenso wie der Einfluss imperialer Ordnungen auf Regionen oder auch einzelne Städte stehen im Zentrum sowohl der aktuellen althistorischen wie auch der archäologischen Forschung.
Die Reihe soll einen privilegierten Publikationsort für zukunftsweisende, auch interdisziplinäre und kulturell übergreifende Studien bieten, die nicht nur die Mittelmeerwelt, sondern auch gemeinsam und in Wechselwirkung mit ihr die zentralasiatische Landmasse umfassen, die durch archäologische Methoden jetzt wesentlich besser erforscht werden kann als noch vor zwanzig Jahren. Die Reihe ist offen für deutsch- und englischsprachige Publikationen.

Die Beiträge zur Reihe werden durch einen internationalen wissenschaftlichen Beirat mittels peer reviewing geprüft.
Warfare in the Ancient Mediterranean World will disseminate recent research in volumes organized topically for easy reference while also setting the standard for such anthologies by aiming above the introductory level. The intended audience includes both scholarly specialists and non-specialists. Future volumes will not only draw upon current research, but will provide a venue for new and recent methodologies for understanding warfare in the ancient world. In this way the series will be a resource for a non-specialist audience too. Regardless of whether war is actually the “father” of any field, military history has remained popular over the centuries, both with authors and readers.
Roman Empire, c. 200 B.C. – A.D. 476
This is the digital version of the series Impact of Empire. Publications in the series reflect the aims and scope of the International Network “Impact of Empire (Roman Empire, 2000 BC – AD 476)” which focuses on the consequences of the actions and sheer existence of the Roman Empire in the wide, culturally heterogeneous region it dominated, i.e. a large part of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. The series publishes the proceedings of the (annual) workshops as well as monographs and collections of essays on this subject.
Die Reihe ist abgeschlossen