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The Science of Roman History: Biology, Climate, and the Future of the Past

Walter Scheidel


This book provides the first comprehensive look at how the latest advances in the sciences are transforming our understanding of ancient Roman history. The book explores novel types of evidence that enable us to reconstruct the realities of life in the Roman world. Chapters discuss climate change and its impact on Roman history, and then cover botanical and animal remains, which cast new light on agricultural and dietary practices. They exploit the rich record of human skeletal material—both bones and teeth—which forms a bio-archive that has preserved vital information about health, nutritiona ... More

Keywords: ancient Roman history, Roman world, climate change, genetics, ancient DNA, ancient migrations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780691195988
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691195988.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Walter Scheidel, editor
Stanford University

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Walter Scheidel

Chapter One Reconstructing the Roman Climate

Kyle Harper & Michael McCormick

Chapter Two Archaeobotany

Marijke van der Veen

Chapter Three Zooarchaeology

Michael MacKinnon

Chapter Four Bones, Teeth, and History

Alessandra Sperduti, Luca Bondioli, Oliver E. Craig, Tracy Prowse, & Peter Garnsey

Chapter Five Human Growth and Stature

Rebecca Gowland & Lauren Walther

Chapter Six Ancient DNA

Noreen Tuross & Michael G. Campana