The Population of Rome

  title={The Population of Rome},
  author={W. J. Oates},
  journal={Classical Philology},
  pages={101 - 116}
O NE of the ever recurring difficulties which students of ancient civilization have to face is the want of statistical data in the sources of their study. In a way the reason for this is to be assigned to conventions of historical writing generally followed by those authors who set themselves the task of chronicling the events of their own times or of their past. Their primary end was at once to please and to teach, like the poets who achieved their purpose, in the words of Horace, lectorem… Expand
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