The Demography of Roman Italy: Population Dynamics in an Ancient Conquest Society 201 BCE - 14 CE

December 3, 2020
The Demography of Roman Italy: Population Dynamics in an Ancient Conquest Society 201 BCE - 14 CE

This book provides a fresh perspective on the population historyof Italy during the late Republic. It employs a range of sourcesand a multidisciplinary approach to investigate demographic trendsand the demographic behaviour of Roman citizens. Dr Hin shows howthey adapted to changing economic, climatic and social conditionsin a period of intense conquest. Her critical evaluation of theevidence on the demographic toll taken by warfare and risingsocietal complexity leads her to a revisionist 'middle count'scenario of population development in Italy. In tracing thepopulation history of an ancient conquest society, she provides anaccessible pathway into Roman demography which focuses on the threemain demographic parameters - mortality, fertility and migration.She unites literary and epigraphic sources with demographic theory,archaeological surveys, climatic and skeletal evidence, models andcomparative data. Tables, figures and maps enable readers tovisualise the quantitative dynamics at work.