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Harris, William V. (William Vernon)

Works: 91 works in 537 publications in 5 languages and 22,109 library holdings
Genres: History  Conference papers and proceedings  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Pictorial works 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Honoree, Dedicatee, Contributor
Classifications: PA53, 302.22440938
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Most widely held works about William V Harris
Most widely held works by William V Harris
Ancient literacy by William V Harris( )

42 editions published between 1989 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 2,576 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How many people could read and write in the ancient world of the Greeks and Romans? No one has previously tried to give a systematic answer to this question. Most historians who have considered the problem at all have given optimistic assessments, since they have been impressed by large bodies of ancient written material such as the graffiti at Pompeii. They have also been influenced by a tendency to idealize the Greek and Roman world and its educational system. In Ancient Literacy W.V. Harris provides the first thorough exploration of the levels, types, and functions of literacy in the classical world, from the invention of the Greek alphabet about 800 B.C. down to the fifth century A.D. Investigations of other societies show that literacy ceases to be the accomplishment of a small elite only in specific circumstances. Harris argues that the social and technological conditions of the ancient world were such as to make mass literacy unthinkable. Noting that a society on the verge of mass literacy always possesses an elaborate school system, Harris stresses the limitations of Greek and Roman schooling, pointing out the meagerness of funding for elementary education. Neither the Greeks nor the Romans came anywhere near to completing the transition to a modern kind of written culture. They relied more heavily on oral communication than has generally been imagined. Harris examines the partial transition to written culture, taking into consideration the economic sphere and everyday life, as well as law, politics, administration, and religion. He has much to say also about the circulation of literary texts throughout classical antiquity. The limited spread of literacy in the classical world had diverse effects. It gave some stimulus to critical thought and assisted the accumulation of knowledge, and the minority that did learn to read and write was to some extent able to assert itself politically. The written word was also an instrument of power, and its use was indispensable for the construction and maintenance of empires. Most intriguing is the role of writing in the new religious culture of the late Roman Empire, in which it was more and more revered but less and less practiced. Harris explores these and related themes in this highly original work of social and cultural history. Ancient Literacy is important reading for anyone interested in the classical world, the problem of literacy, or the history of the written word
Restraining rage : the ideology of anger control in classical antiquity by William V Harris( )

30 editions published between 2001 and 2009 in English and held by 2,061 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The angry emotions, and the problems they presented, were an ancient preoccupation from Homer to late antiquity. From the first lines of the Iliad to the church fathers of the fourth century A.D., the control or elimination of rage was an obsessive concern. From the Greek world it passed to the Romans. Drawing on a wide range of ancient texts, and on recent work in anthropology and psychology, Restraining Rage explains the rise and persistence of this concern."--BOOK JACKET
Dreams and experience in classical antiquity by William V Harris( )

19 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in English and Italian and held by 1,953 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From the Iliad to Aristophanes, from the gospel of Matthew to Augustine, Greek and Latin texts are constellated with descriptive images of dreams. Some are formulaic, others intensely vivid. The best ancient minds -- Plato, Aristotle, the physician Galen, and others -- struggled to understand the meaning of dreams. With Dreams and Experience in Classical Antiquity the renowned ancient historian William Harris turns his attention to oneiric matters. This cultural history of dreams in antiquity draws on both contemporary post-Freudian science and careful critiques of the ancient texts. Harris traces the history of characteristic forms of dream-description and relates them both to the ancient experience of dreaming and to literary and religious imperatives. He analyzes the nuances of Greek and Roman belief in the truth-telling potential of dreams, and in a final chapter offers an assessment of ancient attempts to understand dreams naturalistically."--Jacket
Ancient Alexandria between Egypt and Greece by William V Harris( )

18 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 1,809 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume approaches the history of the great city of Alexandria from a variety of directions: its demography, the interaction between Greek and Egyptian and between Jews and Greeks, the nature of its civil institutions and social relations, and its religious, and intellectual history
Rethinking the Mediterranean by William V Harris( )

25 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in English and held by 1,613 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This text examines the ancient and medieval history of the Mediterranean Sea and the lands around it"--Provided by publisher
Rome's Imperial economy : twelve essays by William V Harris( )

14 editions published in 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,366 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Imperial Rome has a name for wealth and luxury, but was the economy of the Roman Empire as a whole a success, by the standards of pre-modern economies? This book includes chapters on this much-argued subject, with additional comments to bring them up to date. A new study of poverty and destitution provides a fresh perspective on the question of the Roman Empire's economic performance, and a substantial introduction ties the collection together
Aelius Aristides between Greece, Rome, and the gods by William V Harris( )

14 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 1,245 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume, containing fourteen papers given at a conference held at Columbia in 2007, is the most concerted attempt in recent times to understand the famous and enigmatic orator and to set him in his cultural, religious and political context
War and imperialism in Republican Rome, 327-70 B.C. by William V Harris( Book )

56 editions published between 1979 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,231 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Between 327 and 70 B.C. the Romans expanded their empire throughout the Mediterranean world. This study looks at Roman attitudes and behavior that lay behind their quest for power. How did Romans respond to warfare, year after year? How important were the material gains of military success--land, slaves, and other riches--commonly supposed to have been merely an incidental result? What value is there in the claim of the contemporary historian Polybius that the Romans were driven by a greater and greater ambition to expand their empire? The author answers these questions within an analytic framework, and comes to an interpretation of Roman imperialism that differs sharply from the conventional ones. --From publisher's description
The ancient Mediterranean environment between science and history by William V Harris( )

14 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 1,108 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Scientists, historians and archaeologists are at last beginning to collaborate seriously on studies of the long-term history of the environment. The fruit of an international conference held in Rome in 2011, The Ancient Mediterranean Environment between Science and History brings together scientists and scholars who are interested in the interaction of their several disciplines as well as in specific problems such as the effects of climate change and other environmental factors on historical developments and events, the sources of the energy and fuel used in ancient civilizations, and the effects of humans on the lands around the Mediterranean. The collection balances broad Mediterranean-wide studies and tightly focused studies of particular regions in Italy and Jordan"--Back cover
Moses Finley and politics by William V Harris( )

9 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 1,082 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A brief introduction / W.V. Harris -- Moses Finkelstein and the American scene : the political formation of Moses Finley, 1932-1955 / Daniel P. Tompkins -- Finkelstein the orientalist / Seth R. Schwartz -- The young Moses Finley and the discipline of economics / Richard P. Saller -- Moses Finley and the academic red scare / Ellen Schrecker -- Dilemmas of resistance / Alice Kessler-Harris -- Finley's democracy/democracy's Finley / Paul Cartledge -- Politics in the ancient world and politics / W.V. Harris -- Un-Athenian affairs : I.F. Stone, M.I. Finley, and the trial of Socrates / Thai Jones
A tall order : writing the social history of the ancient world ; essays in honor of William V. Harris by Zsuzsanna Várhelyi( )

13 editions published between 2005 and 2010 in English and German and held by 916 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Main description: This volume commemorates the 65th birthday of William Vernon Harris (on September 13, 2003), when a group of his former students agreed to honor him with a collection of essays that would represent the wide variety of interests and influences of our advisor and friend. The fifteen papers in fact range chronologically from the first Olympics to late antiquity and discuss various questions of imperialism, law, economy, and religion in the ancient Mediterranean world. The essays share a social historical perspective from which they challenge as many commonly accepted notions in ancient history. The contributors acknowledge their intellectual debt to the formative scholarly acumen of William V. Harris, which adds up to the "tall order" of engaging with his work
Mental disorders in the classical world by William V Harris( )

17 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 897 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The historians, classicists and psychiatrists who have come together to produce this book aim to explain how the Greeks and their Roman successors conceptualized, diagnosed, and treated mental disorders
The monetary systems of the Greeks and Romans by William V Harris( )

28 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in English and held by 731 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This collection of essays presents a set of debates about what money was in antiquity and how it functioned. The focus is mainly on the Greeks, who were not the original inventors of coinage but were responsible for its widespread adoption, and on the Roman Empire, which developed one of the most complex of known pre-modern economies
Popular medicine in Graeco-Roman antiquity : explorations by William V Harris( )

13 editions published between 2010 and 2016 in English and French and held by 722 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The history of healthcare in the classical world suffers from notable neglect in one crucial area. While scholars have intensively studied both the rationalistic medicine that is conveyed in the canonical texts and also the 'temple medicine' of Asclepius and other gods, they have largely neglected to study popular medicine in a systematic fashion. This volume, which for the most part is the fruit of a conference held at Columbia University in 2014, aims to help correct this imbalance. Using the full range of available evidence - archaeological, epigraphical and papyrological, as well as the literary texts - the international cast of contributors hopes to show what real people in Antiquity actually did when they tried to avert illness or cure it
Rome in Etruria and Umbria by William V Harris( Book )

16 editions published in 1971 in English and held by 477 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Roman Power : a Thousand Years of Empire by William V Harris( Book )

14 editions published between 2016 and 2019 in English and held by 376 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Roman Empire was one of the largest and most enduring in world history. In his new book, distinguished historian William V. Harris sets out to explain, within an eclectic theoretical framework, the waxing and eventual waning of Roman imperial power, together with the Roman community's internal power structures (political power, social power, gender power and economic power). Effectively integrating analysis with a compelling narrative, he traces this linkage between the external and the internal through three very long periods, and part of the originality of the book is that it almost uniquely considers both the gradual rise of the Roman Empire and its demise as an empire in the fifth and seventh centuries AD. Professor Harris contends that comparing the Romans of these diverse periods sharply illuminates both the growth and the shrinkage of Roman power as well as the Empire's extraordinary durability."--Back cover
The spread of Christianity in the first four centuries : essays in explanation( Book )

11 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 293 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Spread of Christianity in the First Four Centuries: Essays in Explanation attempts to show how contemporary historical scholarship, or rather a selection of its exponents, views the perennial question why a new religion, indeed a new kind of religion, succeeded in subverting the other religions of the Roman Empire in the first three centuries and in the generations immediately following the 'conversion' of the usurper Constantine in 312"--Jacket
Studies in Roman law in memory of A. Arthur Schiller( Book )

10 editions published in 1986 in English and Multiple languages and held by 290 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The transformations of Vrbs Roma in late antiquity( Book )

17 editions published in 1999 in English and Italian and held by 272 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Ancient literacy
Restraining rage : the ideology of anger control in classical antiquityDreams and experience in classical antiquityAncient Alexandria between Egypt and GreeceRethinking the MediterraneanRome's Imperial economy : twelve essaysAelius Aristides between Greece, Rome, and the godsWar and imperialism in Republican Rome, 327-70 B.C.A tall order : writing the social history of the ancient world ; essays in honor of William V. Harris
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