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Sarah Emily Bond is a Professor of History at the University of Iowa. Her research focuses on late Roman history, epigraphy, law, topography, GIS, and Digital Humanities.
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The Ancient Economy
Walter Scheidel, Sitta von Reden - 2012-11-12 (first published in 2002)
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The Ancient Economy introduces readers to the nature of economic life in the ancient world, and provides a valuable guide to scholarly debates on the subject. The book describes and examines the economic processes and fluctuations of the ancient world, and shows how these relate to political and social change and conditions. Leading experts address...
Sarah Bond
Two of my favorite books to teach together when lecturing on the history of ancient financial crisis & debt relief.      source
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The First 5,000 Years
2012-01-01 (first published in 2011)
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Before there was money, there was debt Every economics textbook says the same thing: Money was invented to replace onerous and complicated barter systems—to relieve ancient people from having to haul their goods to market. The problem with this version of history? There’s not a shred of evidence to support it.Here anthropologist David Graeber prese...
Sarah Bond
Two of my favorite books to teach together when lecturing on the history of ancient financial crisis & debt relief.      source
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My Lots are in Thy Hands
Sortilege and its Practitioners in Late Antiquity (Religions in the Graeco-Roman World, 188)
AnneMarie Luijendijk - 2018-10-18
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Such a great book. #aleaiactaest      source
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The Past Is a Foreign Country – Revisited
David Lowenthal - 2015-11-27 (first published in 2013)
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The past remains essential - and inescapable. A quarter-century after the publication of his classic account of man's attitudes to his past, David Lowenthal revisits how we celebrate, expunge, contest and domesticate the past to serve present needs. He shows how nostalgia and heritage now pervade every facet of public and popular culture. History e...
Sarah Bond
It’s one of those books you reread all your life.      source
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Birds in the Ancient World
Winged Words
Jeremy Mynott - 2020-07-01 (first published in 2018)
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Birds pervaded the ancient world. They impressed their physical presence on the daily experience and imaginations of ordinary people in town and country alike, and figured prominently in literature and art. They also provided a fertile source of symbols and stories in their myths and folklore, and were central to the ancient rituals of augury and d...
Sarah Bond
In conclusion: Sometimes a mouse is just a mouse & a bird is just a bird. But it takes historians, archaeologists, art historians, and classicists to look at context and help us analyze finds in situ. Also, I love this book so much & recommend it strongly:      source
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Social Justice and the Legitimacy of Slavery
The Role of Philosophical Asceticism from Ancient Judaism to Late Antiquity (Oxford Early Christian Studies)
Ilaria L. E. Ramelli - 2017-01-24
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Were slavery and social injustice leading to dire poverty in antiquity and late antiquity only regarded as normal, "natural" (Aristotle), or at best something morally "indifferent" (the Stoics), or, in the Christian milieu, a sad but inevitable consequence of the Fall, or even an expression of God's unquestionable will? Social Justice and the Legit...
Sarah Bond
Currently listening to Prof. Noel Lenski discuss the impact of Christianity on slavery in Late Antiquity. And we have our first shout-out to Gregory of Nyssa and reference to Ilaria Ramelli's important book on social justice and slavery in antiquity.      source
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The Silk Road in World History
Xinru Liu - 2010-07-09
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The Silk Road was the contemporary name for a complex of ancient trade routes linking East Asia with Central Asia, South Asia, and the Mediterranean world. This network of exchange emerged along the borders between agricultural China and the steppe nomads during the Han Dynasty (206BCE-220CE), in consequence of the inter-dependence and the conflict...
Sarah Bond
Xinru Liu ties together many important strands in her book _The Silk Road in World History_ esp. a chapter on Buddhism & the Kushan Empire. She also has an excellent article revising the negative reputation of "nomadic" societies:      source
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The Lure of the Arena
Social Psychology and the Crowd at the Roman Games
Garrett G. Fagan - 2011-03-28
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Why did the Romans turn out in their tens of thousands to watch brutal gladiatorial games? Previous studies have tried to explain the attraction of the arena by theorizing about its cultural function in Roman society. The games have been seen as celebrations of the violence of empire or of Rome's martial heritage or as manifestations of the emperor...
Sarah Bond
@wmarybeard I think perhaps we have discussed this before, but I cannot write about gladiators w/o Garrett's splendid book on the sociology of violence in games. For Richard's Festschrift he also wrote an epic chapter on gladiatorial schools if you want It. Good luck!      source
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Black Samson
The Untold Story of an American Icon
Jeremy Schipper - 2020-07-01
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Before Harriet Tubman or Martin Luther King was identified with Moses, African Americans identified those who challenged racial oppression in America with Samson. In Black Samson: The Untold Story of an American Icon, Nyasha Junior and Jeremy Schipper tell the story of how this biblical character became an icon of African American literature. Along...
Sarah Bond
A great overview and important tracing of the reception of Black Samson. Definitely go read the book, y'all. #BlkSamson      source
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The Roman Retail Revolution
The Socio-Economic World of the Taberna
Steven J. R. Ellis - 2018-05-22
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Tabernae were ubiquitous in all Roman cities, lining the busiest streets and dominating their most crowded intersections in numbers far exceeding those of any other form of building. That they played a vital role in the operation of the city, and indeed in the very definition of urbanization in ancient Rome, is a point too often under-appreciated i...
Sarah Bond
@StevenEllis74 @Pompeiana79 @Annaleen It’s such a fantastic book. I hope you do an audio version one day.      source
Conformit� De La Foi Avec La Raison, Ou D�fense De La Religion, Contre Les Principales Difficultez R�pandues Dans Le Dictionnaire Historique & Critique De Mr. Bayle by Anthony J. Barbieri-Low
Using Ostraca in the Ancient World by Clementina Caputo, Julia Lougovaya
Byzantine Intersectionality by Roland Betancourt
Force and Freedom by Kellie Carter Jackson
Chasing Vines by Beth Moore
The Phantom Image by Patrick R. Crowley
The Cigarette by Sarah Milov
The Personalization of the Museum Visit by Seph Rodney
Bishops in Flight by Jennifer Barry
On the Bullet Train with Emily Brontë by Judith Pascoe
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Women's Letters from Ancient Egypt, 300 BC-AD 800 by Roger Bagnall, Raffaella Cribiore
Sacred Plunder by David M. Perry
Invisible Romans by Robert Knapp
The Last Pagans of Rome by Alan Cameron
The Emperor and the World by Alicia Walker
Imperial Mines and Quarries in the Roman World by Alfred Michael Hirt
The Bone Gatherers by Nicola Denzey
Cæsar’s Calendar by Denis Feeney
Floods of the Tiber in Ancient Rome by Gregory S. Aldrete
Byzantium Viewed by the Arabs by Nadia Maria el Cheikh
The Archaeology of Ancient Sicily by R. Ross Holloway
Asylia by Kent J. Rigsby
On Roman Time by Michele Renee Salzman
Strega Nona by Tomie Depaola