1. WEEK 1 - Rewriting archaic tyranny (T. Harrison) 8 items
    Your task in this seminar is to read two Herodotean accounts of the origins of tyranny/monarchy in the archaic world: 1.59-64 for the rise of the Athenian tyrant Peisistratus, and .92 (and the surrounding context) for the rise of Cypselus.
    1. Further reading 8 items
      You should also consult the commentary on books 1-IV of Herodotus by David Asheri, A.B. Lloyd, and Aldo Corcella – or the much older edition of How and Wells (1912). For some traditional narratives you can consult the Cambridge Ancient History (2nd edn,) (online), A. Andrewes’ The Greek Tyrants, or the textbooks of Oswyn Murray (Early Greece) or Robin Osborne (Greece in the Making). You should also look at two alternative accounts of tyrant, one focussed specifically on the Cypselids: 1310b14-31 Aristotle’s Politics on the origins of tyranny Nicolaus of Damascus fr. 57-58, available in Dillon and Garland, Ancient Greece (page nos. very depending on the precise edition you are using).
      1. The historian's craft in the age of Herodotus - Nino Luraghi 2007

        Book  Read O. Murray, 'Herodotus and oral history', pp. 16-44. [Available in the library and as an e-book.]

      2. Further reading for the Peisistratid tyranny 3 items
      3. On the (fall of) the Cypselid tyranny, and for methodological questions 1 item
      4. For archaic tyranny more generally 1 item
      5. For similar problems in the context of early Roman history (and a highly confident reconstruction) 1 item
  2. WEEK 2 – Religion and society in Late Antiquity (C. Machado) 11 items
    1. Core reading 1 item
    2. The intellectual context 5 items
      1. Religion/politics and history in India: collected papers in Indian sociology - Louis Dumont 1971

        Book  Read “World renunciation in Indian religions”, pp. 33-60.

    3. Scholarly reactions 5 items
      1. On defining the holy man - Averil Cameron

        Chapter  Digitised.

      2. Authority and the sacred: aspects of the Christianisation of the Roman world - Peter Brown 1995

        Book  Read Brown, P., “Arbiters of the holy: the Christian Holy Man in Late Antiquity”, pp. 55-78.

  3. WEEK 3 – Quantification and economic history (C. Machado) 6 items
    1. Core reading 1 item
    2. Further reading 5 items
      1. Quantifying the Roman economy: methods and problems - Alan K. Bowman, Andrew Wilson 2009

        Book  Read Bowman, A. K. and A. Wilson, “Quantifying the Roman economy: Integration, growth, decline,” pp. 3-84.

      2. The ancient economy - M. I. Finley 1999

        Book  Read Chapters 4 and 5

  4. WEEK 4 – Greeks and others (T. Harrison) 15 items
    1. Core reading 2 items
    2. Contextual reading 3 items
      1. Memories of Odysseus: frontier tales from ancient Greece - François Hartog, Janet Lloyd (trans.) 2001


    3. New works with an emphasis on contact (as opposed to polarised representations) 4 items
    4. Some other approaches to representation of the non-Greek 5 items
      1. Egypt and the limits of Hellenism - Ian S. Moyer 2011

        Book  Read chapter 1.

      2. Greeks and barbarians - Thomas Harrison 2002

        Book  Read chapter by F. Lissarrague, 'The Athenian image of the foreigner'.

      3. Ancient perceptions of Greek ethnicity - Irad Malkin 2001

        Book  Read chapter by R. Thomas, 'Ethinicity, genealogy and Hellenism in Herodotus'.

      4. Ancient Greeks: west and east : edited by Gocha R. Tsetskhladze - Gocha R. Tsetskhladze 1999

        Book  Read the chapter by C. Tuplin, 'Greek racism?'.

      5. The invention of racism in classical antiquity - Benjamin H. Isaac 2006

        Book  Read the introduction.

    5. Reflections on contemporary parallels 1 item
      1. The theatrical cast of Athens: interactions between Ancient Greek drama and society - Edith Hall 2006

        Book  Read chapter 'Recasting the Barbarian'. Available in the Library and as an e-book.

  5. WEEK 5 – The end of the ancient city (C. Machado) 12 items
    1. Core reading 2 items
    2. The intellectual context 3 items
      1. The later Roman Empire, 284-602: a social, economic and administrative survey - A. H. M. Jones 1964

        Book  Read Chapter 19 : The Cities (pp. 712-766)

      2. A.H.M. Jones and the later Roman Empire - David M. Gwynn 2008

        Book  Read Lavan, L., “A.H.M. Jones and ‘The Cities’ 1964-2004”, pp. 167-192

    3. Further reading 7 items
      1. The Cambridge ancient history: Volume 13: The Late Empire, AD 337–425 1998

        Book  Read Ward-Perkins, B., « The Cities », pp. 371-410. (this is the best overview available)

      2. The city in late antiquity - John Rich, 2002

        Book  Read Liebeschuetz, J. H. W. G., “The end of the ancient city”, pp. 1-49.

  6. WEEK 7 – Greece and Persia (T. Harrison) 9 items
    1. Core reading 2 items
      1. Xerxes destruction of Babylonian temples - A. Kuhrt, S. Sherwin-White

        Chapter  Article is pp. 69-78 of the volume PDF. Also available in the Library. (see also the introduction to the volume by Kuhrt and Sancisi-Weerdenburg, pp. ix-xiii)

      2. For a broader survey 1 item
        1. Writing Ancient Persia - Thomas Harrison 2011


    2. Further reading 7 items
      1. For the (narrow) question of Xerxes in Babylon 2 items
        1. Reassessing the reign of Xerxes in the light of new evidence - Amélie Kuhrt

          Chapter  Available online via the author's webpage, and print copy in the Library.

      2. Previous historians of Persia 2 items
        1. The Persian Empire - J. M. Cook 1983


      3. Reflections on the ‘New Achaemenid Historiography’ (from different disciplines) 3 items
        1. New Trends in Achaemenid History 1997 - Pierre Briant 2003

          Article  External link goes to author's upload on their webpage.

  7. WEEK 8 – Survey archaeology and Roman Greece (C. Machado) 8 items
    1. Core reading 1 item
    2. Contextual reading 7 items
      1. Side-by-side survey: comparative regional studies in the Mediterranean World - Susan E. Alcock, John F. Cherry 2004

        Book  Read the chapter by R. Osborne, 'Demography and survey'.

  8. WEEK 9 – Cognition and Greek religion (T. Harrison) 16 items
    1. Core reading 9 items
      1. Coping with the gods: wayward readings in Greek theology - H. S. Versnel 2011

        Book  Read ch. 2, The Gods. Divine Justice or Divine Arbitrariness?; [Available in the library and as an e-book via external link.]

      2. For a survey of recent approaches to Greek religion 1 item
      3. Other examples of ‘CSR’ 5 items
    2. Contextual reading 7 items
      1. Polis religion 2 items
        1. What is polis religion? - C. Sourvinou-Inwood

          Chapter  Digitised.

        2. Rethinking Greek Religion - Julia Kindt 2012

          Book  Read chapter 1, 'Polis religion - a critical appreciation'. Available in the Library and as an e-book.

      2. More enunciations of the polis model 2 items
        1. Oxford readings in Greek religion - R. G. A. Buxton 2000

          Book  Read the chapter by C. Sourvinou-Inwood, 'Further aspects of polis religion'.

      3. Responses and alternative models? 2 items
      4. Scholarly contexts 1 item
  9. WEEK 10 – Approaches to gender in Roman studies (C. Machado) 10 items
    1. Core reading 2 items
      Reading of the two articles is mandatory.
      1. Women in Antiquity: New Assessments - Richard Hawley, Barbara Levick 1995

        Book  Read the chapter by Mary Beard, 'Re-Reading (Vestal) virginity'. Available in the Library and as an e-book.

    2. Contextual reading 8 items
      1. On the theory of gender 3 items
        1. Arguments with silence: writing the history of Roman women - Amy Richlin 2014

          Book  Read the introduction

        2. Gender and the historian - Johanna Alberti 2001


      2. On the Vestals and Roman religion 3 items
        1. From Good Goddess to Vestal Virgins: sex and category in Roman religion - Ariadne Staples 1998

          Book  Read the chapter on 'The uses of virginity: the Vestals and Rome', pp. 131-156.

        2. Rome's vestal virgins: a study of Rome's vestal priestesses in the late Republic and Early Empire - Robin Lorsch Wildfang 2006

          Book  Read especially chapter 4. Available in the Library and as an e-book.

        3. An introduction to Roman religion - John Scheid, Janet Lloyd 2003


      3. On Roman women and gender 2 items
        1. Women in Antiquity: New Assessments - Richard Hawley, Barbara Levick 1995

          Book  Read the chapter by E. Fantham, 'Aemilia Pudentilla: or the wealthy widow's choice'. Available in the Library and as an e-book.

  10. WEEK 11 – The Roman government between fact and fiction (C. Machado) 11 items
    1. Core reading 3 items
      Although the seminar will be dedicated to Woolf's article, it is of fundamental importance that you read the Book 10 of Pliny's letters.
      1. Pliny’s Province - G. Woolf

        Chapter  Available in the Library and online via link to publisher's webpage.

      2. The epistles of Pliny - Roy Gibson, Christopher Whitton 2016

        Book  You should have Betty Radice’s Penguin translation of 'The letters of the Younger Pliny' from AN2002. You can also access her translation online in the Loeb Classical Library.

    2. Contextual reading 8 items
      1. The letters of Pliny: a historical and social commentary - A. N. Sherwin-White 1966

        Book  Read pp. 525-555. Available in the Library and as an e-book.

      2. Trajan: Government by Correspondence - F. Millar

        Chapter  Available in the Library and as an e-book

      3. Reading the Letters of Pliny the Younger - Roy K. Gibson, Ruth Morello 2012

        Book  Available in the Library and online.

      4. The epistles of Pliny - Roy Gibson, Christopher Whitton 2016


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