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The end of the past : ancient Rome and the modern West

Author: Aldo Schiavone
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2002.
Series: Revealing antiquity, 13.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Harvard University Press pbk. edView all editions and formats
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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? Schiavone's  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Aldo Schiavone
ISBN: 0674009835 9780674009837
OCLC Number: 52758004
Language Note: Translated from the original Italian.
Description: viii, 278 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Golden age --
Why not then? --
Hidden form --
Optical effects --
Rhythms of the economy --
Dual equilibria --
Roman miracle and imperial rationality --
Nobles and merchants --
Slaves, nature, machines --
Ancient and modern work: three philosophers --
blind alley between economics and politics --
How history works.
Series Title: Revealing antiquity, 13.
Other Titles: Storia spezzata.
Responsibility: Aldo Schiavone ; translated by Margery J. Schneider.

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In the middle of the second century A.D., the brilliance of Graeco-Roman civilization and the relative stability provided by the Pax Romana seemed to promise a benign, even glorious, future. With Read more...

 
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