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Jerry Toner in Conversation with Mary Beard

March 13, 2013

ISBN: 9780745651026 - Roman Disasters

Special event Thursday 30th May 6.30pm

Jerry Toner will be discussing his latest book ‘Roman Disasters’ with Mary Beard at Heffers Book shop.
This event is kindly sponsored by Polity

Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 6:30 PM

This Event is now Sold Out!

Tickets from Heffers tills or payment by credit card on 01223 463220
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Roman Disasters looks at how the Romans coped with, thought about, and used disasters for their own ends. Rome has been famous throughout history for its great triumphs. Yet Rome also suffered colossal disasters. From the battle of Cannae, where fifty thousand men fell in a single day, to the destruction of Pompeii, to the first appearance of the bubonic plague, the Romans experienced large scale calamities.Earthquakes, fires, floods and famines also regularly afflicted them. This insightful book is the first to treat such disasters as a conceptual unity. It shows that vulnerability to disasters was affected by politics, social status, ideology and economics. Above all, it illustrates how the resilience of their political and cultural system allowed the Romans to survive the impact of these life-threatening events. The book also explores the important role disaster narratives played in Christian thought and rhetoric. Engaging and accessible, Roman Disasters will be enjoyed by students and general readers alike.


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