K. Rennie, The Collectio Burdegalensis

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Kriston R. Rennie, The Collectio Burdegalensis. A Study and Register of an Eleventh-Century Canon Law Collection, Turnhout, 2014.

Éditeur : Brepols
Collection : Studies and Texts, 185
XIV+248 pages
ISBN : 978-0-88844-185-0
75 €

The Collectio Burdegalensis is an important example of a late eleventh-century, regional collection of canon law. While specialists have long known of the Bordeaux collection, they have until now accorded it scant attention. Kriston Rennie's new edition, the first, reveals its considerable value to scholars concerned with the process of ecclesiastical reform, the history of church councils, the activity of papal legates, and the transmission and compilation of legal texts in the age before Gratian. The author has furnished a complete register of the canons together with a thorough introduction to its historical context. Rennie's work admirably links the Collectio to the wider social, cultural, and political forces which produced it, mutually enriching the fields of canon law and ecclesiastical history. It deserves our attention.

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E. Hemelrijk et G. Woolf (éd.), Women and the Roman City in the Latin West

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Emily Hemelrijk et Greg Woolf (éd.), Women and the Roman City in the Latin West, Leyde, 2013.

Éditeur : Brill
Collection : Mnemosyne. Supplements, 360
XXII-408 pages
ISBN : 978-90-04-25594-4
139 €


Roman Cities, as conventionally studied, seem to be dominated by men. Yet as the contributions to this volume—which deals with the Roman cities of Italy and the western provinces in the late Republic and early Empire—show, women occupied a wide range of civic roles. Women had key roles to play in urban economies, and a few were prominent public figures, celebrated for their generosity and for their priestly eminence, and commemorated with public statues and grand inscriptions. Drawing on archaeology and epigraphy, on law and art as well as on ancient texts, this multidisciplinary study offers a new and more nuanced view of the gendering of civic life. It asks how far the experience of women of the smaller Italian and provincial cities resembled that of women in the capital, how women were represented in sculptural art as well as in inscriptions, and what kinds of power or influence they exercised in the societies of the Latin West.

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I. Haynes, Blood of the Provinces

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Ian Haynes, Blood of the Provinces. The Roman Auxilia and the Making of Provincial Society from Augustus to the S, Oxford, 2013.

Éditeur : Oxford University Press
448 pages
ISBN : 978-0-19-965534-2
£ 90.00


Blood of the Provinces is the first fully comprehensive study of the largest part of the Roman army, the auxilia. This non-citizen force constituted more than half of Rome's celebrated armies and was often the military presence in some of its territories. Diverse in origins, character, and culture, they played an essential role in building the empire, sustaining the unequal peace celebrated as the pax Romana, and enacting the emperor's writ.
Drawing upon the latest historical and archaeological research to examine recruitment, belief, daily routine, language, tactics, and dress, this volume offers an examination of the Empire and its soldiers in a radical new way. Blood of the Provinces demonstrates how the Roman state addressed a crucial and enduring challenge both on and off the battlefield - retaining control of the miscellaneous auxiliaries upon whom its very existence depended. Crucially, this was not simply achieved by pay and punishment, but also by a very particular set of cultural attributes that characterized provincial society under the Roman Empire. Focusing on the soldiers themselves, and encompassing the disparate military communities of which they were a part, it offers a vital source of information on how individuals and communities were incorporated into provincial society under the Empire, and how the character of that society evolved as a result.

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S. Diefenbach et G. M. Müller (éd.), Gallien in Spätantike und Frühmittelalter

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Steffen Diefenbach et Gernot Michael Müller (éd.), Gallien in Spätantike und Frühmittelalter. Kulturgeschichte einer Region, Berlin, 2013.

Éditeur : De Gruyter
Collection : Millennium-Studien, 43
X-492 pages
ISBN : 978-3-11-026005-2
109,95 €

The period from the 5th to the 7th century AD was characterised by far-reaching structural changes that affected the entire west of the Roman Empire. This process used to be regarded by scholars as part of the dissolution of Roman order, but in current discussions it is now examined more critically. The contributions to this volume of conference papers combine approaches from history and literature studies in order to review the changing forms and fields of the establishment of collective identities, and to analyse them in their mutual relationships.

Source : De Gruyter


J. Ma. Blázquez Martínez et P. Ozcáriz Gil, La administración de las provincias en el imperio romano

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José María Blázquez Martínez et Pablo Ozcáriz Gil (éd.), La administración de las provincias en el imperio romano, Madrid, 2013.

Éditeur : Dykinson
242 pages
ISBN : 978-84-9031-612-2
20 €

El estudio de la administración de las provincias romanas ha sido un tema central para comprender la expansión y desarrollo del Imperio romano. En el presente volumen se abordan los conceptos básicos sobre el tipo de administración provincial que se aplicó durante la República y su evolución, los cambios introducidos por Augusto, los tipos de provincias, el personal administrativo presente en ellas, la importancia de la ciudad romana para la vida provincial, la fiscalidad, la utilización del culto imperial y los concilios como forma de cohesión, así como las transformaciones que sufrió el Imperio durante el mandato de Diocleciano. Es, en definitiva, un libro que permitirá al lector entender mejor cómo se pudo desarrollar uno de los Imperios más destacados de la Historia de la Humanidad, aquél que fue el germen de nuestra civilización occidental.

1. La creación del sistema provincial romano y su aplicación durante la República. Alejandro Díaz Fernández. 2. Augusto y la administración provincial. José Manuel Roldán Hervás. 3. El personal administrativo en las provincias durante el Alto Imperio romano. Pablo Ozcáriz Gil. 4. "Recuerda, Romano, regirás a los pueblos bajo tu mando" (Virg. Eneida VI 850-853). Cohesión y gobierno del mundo. Urbano Espinosa. 5. La administración fiscal de las provincias. Fernando Martín. 6. La administración de las ciudades durante el Imperio. Javier Andreu Pintado. 7. Los concilios ciudadanos y el culto imperial. Fernando Lozano Gómez. 8. Las reformas de Diocleciano. José María Blázquez Martínez.

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D. Butterfield, The Early Textual History of Lucretius' De rerum natura

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David Butterfield, The Early Textual History of Lucretius' De rerum natura, Cambridge, 2013.

Éditeur : Cambridge University Press
XI-342 pages
ISBN : 978-1-10-703745-8
£ 65.00


This is the first detailed analysis of the fate of Lucretius' De rerum natura from its composition in the 50s BC to the creation of our earliest extant manuscripts during the Carolingian Age. Close investigation of the knowledge of Lucretius' poem among writers throughout the Roman and medieval world allows fresh insight into the work's readership and reception, and a clear assessment of the indirect tradition's value for editing the poem. The first extended analysis of the 170+ subject headings (capitula) that intersperse the text reveals the close engagement of its Roman readers. A fresh inspection and assignation of marginal hands in the poem's most important manuscript (the Oblongus) provides new evidence about the work of Carolingian correctors and offers the basis for a new Lucretian stemma codicum. Further clarification of the interrelationship of Lucretius' Renaissance manuscripts gives additional evidence of the poem's reception and circulation in fifteenth-century Italy.

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J. W. Atkins, Cicero on Politics and the Limits of Reason. The Republic and Laws

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Jed W. Atkins, Cicero on Politics and the Limits of Reason. The Republic and Laws, Cambridge, 2013.

Éditeur : Cambridge University Press
XIV-270 pages
ISBN : 978-1-10-704358-9
£ 60.00

A prolific philosopher who also held Rome's highest political office, Cicero was uniquely qualified to write on political philosophy. In this book Professor Atkins provides a fresh interpretation of Cicero's central political dialogues - the Republic and Laws. Devoting careful attention to form as well as philosophy, Atkins argues that these dialogues together probe the limits of reason in political affairs and explore the resources available to the statesman given these limitations. He shows how Cicero appropriated and transformed Plato's thought to forge original and important works of political philosophy. The book demonstrates that Cicero's Republic and Laws are critical for understanding the history of the concepts of rights, the mixed constitution and natural law. It concludes by comparing Cicero's thought to the modern conservative tradition and argues that Cicero provides a perspective on utopia frequently absent from current philosophical treatments.

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