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    Rostovtzeff, Michael I. (1870-1952)

    Meyer, Caspar (2016) Rostovtzeff, Michael I. (1870-1952). In: Bagnall, R.S. and Brodersen, K. and Champion, C.B. and Erskine, A. and Huebner, S.R. (eds.) The Encyclopedia of Ancient History. Oxford, UK: Wiley. ISBN 9781444338386.

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    Rostovtzeff is mostly known for his seminal books on the social and economic history of the Roman Empire and the Hellenistic world, written in the United States after escaping the Bolshevik Revolution in his native Russia. Owing to his stress on “middle-class” merchants, industrialists, and bankers as the backbone of ancient civilization, his work became embroiled in the controversy on the nature of the ancient economy. This debate, now considered increasingly fruitless, has overshadowed the colossal contributions Rostovtzeff made to the study of ancient wall-painting, Scythian animal art, and central Asian archaeology, and the potential these subjects hold out for understanding processes of cultural interaction and fusion.


    Item Type: Book Section
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): historians, 1900–1999, Roman history
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Historical Studies
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2016 07:28
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:26


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