Walter Scheidel is the Dickason Professor in the Humanities, Professor of Classics and History, and a Kennedy-Grossman Fellow in Human Biology at Stanford University. He is the author or editor of seventeen previous books, including The Great Leveler: Violence and the History of Inequality from the Stone Age to the Twenty-First Century (Princeton).
[This] volume is an important contribution not only to the historiography of the Roman Empire but also to the broad spectrum of scientific disciplines attempting to understand the past in general. ---Tomas Glomb, Journal of Cognitive Historiography This is a fabulous introduction to a wide range of techniques, and provides numerous fascinating insights into life in the Roman period. ---Hella Eckardt, Current World Archaeology [This] is a volume not just useful but capable of simultaneous entertainment and inspiration. ---James Corke Webster, Greece and Rome This book makes a superb introduction to the subject. ---Peter Jones, Classics for All Reviews This book shows that the study of the ancient Roman world is no exception to the enormous contribution that science has long been making to our understanding of the ancient past. * New Testament Abstracts *