The Demography of Roman Italy: Population Dynamics in an Ancient Conquest Society 201 BCE-14 CE

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Cambridge University Press, Feb 14, 2013 - History - 406 pages
This book provides a fresh perspective on the population history of Italy during the late Republic. It employs a range of sources and a multidisciplinary approach to investigate demographic trends and the demographic behaviour of Roman citizens. Dr Hin shows how they adapted to changing economic, climatic and social conditions in a period of intense conquest. Her critical evaluation of the evidence on the demographic toll taken by warfare and rising societal complexity leads her to a revisionist 'middle count' scenario of population development in Italy. In tracing the population history of an ancient conquest society, she provides an accessible pathway into Roman demography which focuses on the three main demographic parameters - mortality, fertility and migration. She unites literary and epigraphic sources with demographic theory, archaeological surveys, climatic and skeletal evidence, models and comparative data. Tables, figures and maps enable readers to visualise the quantitative dynamics at work.

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Bored of demographic works that get bogged down into cultish habits of Low and High counts?
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Part III Population size
Appendix 1 Known Roman census figures for the period 508 BCE48 CE
Appendix 2 Calculations of multiplier for scenarios I II and III in Table 73 accommodating the effect of assumptions on emancipatio and sine manu ...

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Saskia Hin is a Researcher at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium.

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