Rulers, Nomads, and Christians in Roman North Africa: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Rulers, Nomads, and Christians in Roman North Africa

1st Edition

By Brent D. Shaw


352 pages

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The studies collected in this volume cover three broad areas of the history of North Africa as part of the Roman Empire. Studies devoted to the history of 'political institutions' are followed by ones that detail aspects of interactions between nomad and sedentarist communities in the African provinces. The book concludes with two studies on African christianity. In all of these, special attention is given to the indigenous institutions, economies and beliefs that informed the confrontation between 'African' and 'Roman'. The studies in general argue for a strongly 'interactionist' approach to historians' reconstruction of the history of the period and the region - a perspective that would emphasise the continuous conflict between the two world of African and Roman.


’Throughout his career, Shaw has been a breaker of accepted icons…Variorum Press is to be commended for producing a set of volumes that makes a significant portion of the author’s splendid work available in one place.’ Canadian Journal of History…This collection…is a model of careful scholarship in both environmental and social history. Canadian Journal of History, Joint review with Environment and Society in Roman North Africa

Table of Contents

Contents: Rural markets in North Africa and the political economy of the Roman Empire; The undecemprimi in Roman Africa; The structure of local society in the early Maghrib: the elders; The Elder Pliny’s African geography; The formation of Africa Proconsularis; ’Eaters of flesh, drinkers of milk’: the ancient Mediterranean ideology of the pastoral nomad; Fear and loathing: the nomad menace and Roman Africa; Autonomy and tribute: mountain and plain in Mauretania Tingitana; Soldiers and society: the army in Numidia; The elders of Christian Africa; African Christianity: disputes, definitions and ’Donatists’; Critical Bibliographical Addenda; Index.

About the Series

Variorum Collected Studies

The first title in the Variorum Collected Studies series was published in 1970. Since then well over 1000 titles have appeared in the series, and it has established a well-earned international reputation for the publication of key research across a whole range of subjects within the fields of history.

The history of the medieval world remains central to the series, with Byzantine studies a particular speciality, but the range of titles extends from Hellenistic philosophy and the history of the Roman empire and early Christianity, through the Renaissance and Reformation, up to the 20th century. Islamic Studies forms another major strand as do the histories of science, technology and medicine.

Each title in the Variorum Collected Studies series brings together for the first time a selection of articles by a leading authority on a particular subject. These studies are reprinted from a vast range of learned journals, Festschrifts and conference proceedings. They make available research that is scattered, even inaccessible in all but the largest and most specialized libraries. With a new introduction and index, and often with new notes and previously unpublished material, they constitute an essential resource. 

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General