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Vitae Romanorum, Latin for the "Lives of the Romans," explores the tales of everyday Romans living in the sophisticated and grand Roman Empire. From the peculiarities of Domitian to the religious fervor of Julian the Apostate, these stories give personality and a relatable quality to the ancient subjects of Rome. Many of the stories also occur during the reign of the so-called "Five Good Emperors," including Trajan and Hadrian. These short stories introduce an element of mystery and savagery, as the world of the ancients was neither wholly safe nor honest. Be prepared for riveting history lessons that transport the reader from their comfortable armchair in the modern world to the nitty-gritty streets of Rome and her provinces. The reader will encounter characters as diverse as a slave of Hadrian, the wife of a Roman senator, a displaced Pagan worshiper, and a marble cutter discovering the harsh ways of the world. Are you ready to embark on this antique escapade?
P.D.A. Harvey is a historian of medieval rural England with a wide interest in the history of cartography; this collection of his essays brings together both these strands. It first looks at the English countryside from the 10th century to the 15th, investigating problems in particular documents, in the village community and in underlying long-term changes. How landlords drew profits from their property in the eleventh and twelfth centuries, how and why there followed changes in the way landed estates were run and in the written records they produced, what new light their personal seals can throw on medieval peasants, are all among the topics discussed, while the local management of large estates and the development of the peasant land market are themes that recur throughout. There follow essays on the way maps were brought into the management of landed estates in the 16th and 17th centuries, starting with the introduction of consistent scale into mapping, a new concept crucially important in the general history of topographical maps. The collection closes by looking at some of the traps that both documents and maps set for the historian of the English countryside.