Demography and the Graeco-Roman World: New Insights and Approaches [Paperback]

Claire Holleran (Editor); April Pudsey (Editor)

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ISBN: 9781107526617 | Published by: Cambridge University Press | Year of Publication: 2016 | Language: English 226p,

Demography and the Graeco-Roman World: New Insights and Approaches


Through a series of case studies this book demonstrates the wide-ranging impact of demographic dynamics on social, economic and political structures in the Graeco-Roman world. The individual case studies focus on fertility, mortality and migration and the roles they played in various aspects of ancient life. These studies - drawn from a range of populations in Athens and Attica, Rome and Italy, and Graeco-Roman Egypt - illustrate how new insights can be gained by applying demographic methods to familiar themes in ancient history. Methodological issues are addressed in a clear, straightforward manner with no assumption of prior technical knowledge, ensuring that the book is accessible to readers with no training in demography. The book marks an important step forward in ancient historical demography, affirming both the centrality of population studies in ancient history and the contribution that antiquity can make to population history in general.

Table of Contents

Introduction: studies in ancient historical demography Claire Holleran and April Pudsey
1. Demography and development in classical antiquity Neville Morley
2. Demography and classical Athens Ben Akrigg
3. Nuptiality and the demographic life cycle of the family in Roman Egypt April Pudsey
4. Family matters: fertility and its constraints in Roman Italy Saskia Hin
5. Migration and the demes of Attica Claire Taylor
6. Counting the Greeks in Egypt: immigration in the first century of Ptolemaic rule Christelle Fischer-Bovet
7. Migration and the urban economy of Rome Claire Holleran
8. From the margins to the centre-stage: some closing reflections on ancient historical demography Tim Parkin.

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