By Walter Scheidel

In conjection with an in depth severe survey of modern advances and controversies in Roman demography, the 4 case-studies during this quantity illustrate a number of varied techniques to the examine of historic inhabitants heritage. The contributions handle a couple of the most important concerns in Roman demography from the evolution of the tutorial box to seasonal styles of fertility, the variety of Roman voters, inhabitants strain within the early Roman empire, and the top of classical urbanism in past due antiquity. this can be the 1st collaborative quantity of its variety. it's designed to introduce old historians and classicists to demographic, comparative and interdisciplinary views, and to situate and contextualize Roman inhabitants experiences within the wider ambit of historic demography.

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For further corroborative evidence, see Scheidel (1999a): below, n. 111. 74 As a result, we may be justified in employing Model West Level 3, implying a mean life expectancy at birth of about twenty-four years for both sexes combined, for the purpose of schematic assessments from fertility rates to family structure. As longas we focus on generalising abstractions of this kind, actual variation over space and time may be put aside. 75 Further doubt arises from the application to ancient populations of demographic models devised from much more recent statistical evidence.

On earlier evidence of plague in classical antiquity, see Thiiry (1977); Marasco (1998) 46-7 (misguided). 127 See Alston's paper in this volume. 128 Garnsey (1988), with Scheidel in Garnsey (1998) 291-2. 131 For this reason, modern estimates of Roman fertility are a function of modern estimates of mean life expectancy at birth derived from matches between ancient distributions and model life tables, as discussed in the previous section. Under these circumstances, rates of growth and population change can only be assumed, never documented.

87 Hopkins (1966) 264, re-iterated by Scheidel (forthcoming a) ch. 2. PROGRESS AND PROBLEMS IN ROMAN DEMOGRAPHY 25 data cannot be shown to have taken us beyond this generic default position. 09 Demography and disease are usually studied separately. As a consequence, attempts to elucidate demographic conditions regularly fail to progress from description to explanation. 96 In the absence of medical statistics from the Roman period, we have to rely on proxy data. 91 Pertinent evidence is available in the form of dates of death in epitaphs, primarily on early Christian tombstones but also on some pre-Christian grave markers and Egyptian mummy labels.

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