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The Science of Roman HistoryBiology, Climate, and the Future of the Past$
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Walter Scheidel

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780691195988

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691195988.001.0001

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The Science of Roman History

Walter Scheidel

Princeton University Press

This introductory chapter shows how the contribution of science has broadened even further as entirely new types of evidence from genetics to climate proxies have been brought to bear on historical inquiries in recent years. Thanks to this accelerating expansion, the study of history in general is now approaching a new stage of interdisciplinarity that is firmly grounded in the recognition that human and natural history are intimately and inseparably intertwined. Indeed, the study of the ancient Roman world is no exception to this trend. The chapter embarks on the potential applications of biohistory for ancient Roman history. It also discusses the integration of conventional evidence with scientific findings.

Keywords:   biohistory, biohistorical interdisciplinarity, ancient Rome, Roman history, science, natural history, human history

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