Aspects of Ancient Institutions and Geography

Studies in Honor of Richard J.A. Talbert


In Aspects of Ancient Institutions and Geography colleagues and students honor Richard J.A. Talbert for his numerous contributions and influence on the fields of ancient history, political and social science, as well as cartography and geography. This collection of original and useful examinations is focused around the core theme of Talbert’s work – how ancient individuals and groups organized their world, through their institutions and geography.
The first half of the book considers institutional history in chapters on such diverse topics as the Roman Senate, Roman provincial politics and administration, healing springs, gladiators, and soldiers. Chapters on the geography of Thucydides and Alexander III, imperial geography, tracking letters and using sundials round out the second half of the book.

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Biographical Note

Lee L. Brice is Professor of Ancient History at Western Illinois University (USA). He specializes in military unrest in the ancient world and in Corinthian numismatics. He has published three edited volumes on ancient warfare as well as articles and chapters on military unrest, pedagogy, experimental history, military history, and the coins of Corinth. He is series editor of Warfare in the Ancient Mediterranean (Brill).

Daniëlle Slootjes is Assistant Professor of Ancient History at the Radboud University Nijmegen (Netherlands). Her research focuses on the period of Late Antiquity with a particular interest in late antique Roman administration, provincial governors and geography, as well as the history of early Christianity. Recently, she has started a project on urban crowd control in the Roman world.

Contributors are: Leanne Bablitz, Sarah E. Bond, Mary T. Boatwright, Lee L. Brice, John F. Donahue, Werner Eck, Tom Elliott, Garrett G. Fagan, Christopher Fuhrmann, Cheryl L. Golden, George W. Houston, Jerzy Linderski, Michael Maas, Fred S. Naiden, Jonathan Scott Perry, Daniëlle Slootjes, Philip A. Stadter, Brian Turner.

Table of contents

List of Figures and Maps
List of Abbreviations
Notes on Contributors

Part 1 - Introduction
Chaps and Maps: Reflections on a Career with Institutional and Cartographic History
Lee L. Brice and Daniëlle Slootjes
Cumulative Bibliography of Works by Richard J.A. Talbert
Tom Elliott

Part 2 - Roman Institutions
1 Plutarchan Prosopography: The Cursus Honorum
Philip A. Stadter
2 The Lex Julia de Senatu Habendo: A View from the 1930s
Jonathan Scott Perry
3 Tacitus on Trial(s)
Leanne Bablitz
4 Curial Communiqué: Memory, Propaganda, and the Roman Senate House
Sarah E. Bond
5 Second Chance for Valor: Restoration of Order After Mutinies and Indiscipline
Lee L. Brice
6 Training Gladiators: Life in the Ludus
Garrett G. Fagan
7 Statuenehrungen als Zeugnis für den Einfluss römischer Amtsträger im Leben einer Provinz
Werner Eck
8 Dio Chrysostom as a Local Politician: A Critical Reappraisal
Christopher J. Fuhrmann
9 Late Antique Administrative Structures: On the Meaning of Dioceses and their Borders in the Fourth Century AD
Daniëlle Slootjes

Part 3 - Geography and Cartographic History
10 The Geography of Thucydides
Cheryl L. Golden
11 An Anatolian Itinerary, 334–333 BC
Fred S. Naiden
12 Visualizing Empire in Imperial Rome
Mary T. Boatwright
13 The Provinces and Worldview of Velleius Paterculus
Brian Turner
14 Litterae Datae Blandenone: A Letter in Search of a Posting Address
Jerzy Linderski
15 Using Sundials
George W. Houston
16 The Healing Springs of Latium and Etruria
John F. Donahue
17 The Shaping Hand of the Environment: Three Phases of Development in Classical Antiquity
Michael Maas

Geographic Index
General Index


Institutes, libraries, and all readers interested in Ancient Greece and Rome and those with particular interests in cartography, geography, political institutions, military history, gladiators, Roman literature, Thucydides, Alexander the Great.


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