Roman Aristocratic Parties and FamiliesHardback
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- Publisher: JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY PRESS
- Format: Hardback | 544 pages
- Dimensions: 160mm x 238mm x 39mm | 948g
- Publication date: 25 June 1999
- Publication City/Country: Baltimore, MD
- ISBN 10: 0801859905
- ISBN 13: 9780801859908
- Edition: New edition
- Edition statement: New edition
- Illustrations note: index
An analysis of the Roman oligarchy. It describes the methods by which the few most politically important clans in Rome, originally patrician, had expanded to take in so many promising plebeians - not only from Rome but from all over Italy - and make them part of the governing class. Drawing on documentary evidence, Friedrich Munzer offers a survey of the Roman aristocracy over the course of four centuries, including detailed information on virtually every Roman aristocratic family, from the beginning of the genuine historical tradition in Rome to the middle of the first century BC.
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Friedrich M|nzer was a classical scholar and the author of hundreds of articles for the renowned Pauly-Wissowa 'Realencyclopaedie.' Thirhse Ridley has studied German, Chinese, and Japanese at the universities of Melbourne and Monash, Australia.
"When published, 'Roman Aristocratic Parties and Families' was epoch-making. Its value has not dimmed with the passage of decades--it will remain a fundamental contribution to the understanding of the political functioning of the Roman republic."--Herbert W. Benario, Professor Emeritus of Classics, Emory University