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This searching interpretation of past and present addresses fundamental questions about the fall of the Roman Empire. Why did ancient culture, once so strong and rich, come to an end? Was it destroyed by weaknesses inherent in its nature? Or were mistakes made that could have been avoided--was there a point at which Greco-Roman society took a wrong turn? And in what ways is modern society different?

Western history is split into two discontinuous eras, Aldo Schiavone tells us: the ancient world was fundamentally different from the modern one. He locates the essential difference in a series of economic factors: a slave-based economy, relative lack of mechanization and technology, the dominance of agriculture over urban industry. Also crucial are aspects of the ancient mentality: disdain for manual work, a preference for transcending (rather than transforming) nature, a basic belief in the permanence of limits.

Schiavone's lively and provocative examination of the ancient world, "the eternal theater of history and power," offers a stimulating opportunity to view modern society in light of the experience of antiquity.

Synopsis:

power," offers a stimulating opportunity to view modern society in light of the experience of antiquity.

About the Author

Aldo Schiavoneis Professor of Roman Law, <>University of Florence.

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

1. A Golden Age

2. Why Not Then?

3. The Hidden Form

4. Optical Effects

5. The Rhythms of the Economy

6. Dual Equilibria

7. The Roman Miracle and Imperial Rationality

8. Nobles and Merchants

9. Slaves, Nature, Machines

10. Ancient and Modern Work: Three Philosophers

11. A Blind Alley between Economics and Politics

12. How History Works

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674000629
Subtitle:
Ancient Rome and the Modern West
Translator:
Schneider, Margery J.
Translator:
Schneider, Margery J.
Translated:
Schneider, Schiavone, Aldo, Margery J.
Author:
Schia
Author:
Schiavone, Aldo
Author:
Schneider, Margery J.
Author:
vone, Aldo
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Subject:
History
Subject:
Ancient - Rome
Subject:
Europe
Subject:
Civilization, western
Subject:
Rome
Subject:
Rome History Empire, 30 B.C.-476 A.D.
Subject:
Civilization, Western -- Roman influences.
Subject:
World History-Ancient Near East
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Revealing Antiquity
Series Volume:
al-juz® 913
Publication Date:
April 2000
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9 x 5.785 in 1.06 lb

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