After the Crisis Volume: Paperback, Reviews Available

As of today the edited volume After the Crisis: Remembrance, Re-anchoring and Recovery in Ancient Greece and Rome is available in paperback format, directly from Bloomsbury, or wherever you prefer to purchase your books.

Since its publication it has been reviewed by the Journal of Roman StudiesClassical ReviewClassical Journal Online, Classics for All, and Polis: The Journal for Ancient Greek and Roman Political Thought. We provide some excerpts below:

“[T]he volume as a whole came together well and the contributions not only interact with one another, but also individually tend to advance the discussion. As a result it is certain to stimulate further work. This volume elegantly deals with the topic of crisis and its sequel in a coherent and insightful manner that makes it extremely useful for courses and seminars at the graduate and post-graduate level. With its focus on the political and socio-cultural trauma of civil war and conquest, this volume constitutes a significant contribution to trauma and memory studies.”

Richard W. Westall in JRS

“In fact, crisis, in the everyday political, cultural and social sense by which it is understood by many today, is a modern invention. The choice to utilise such a weighty and irreducible concept to read events of the Classical past is a welcome one, as the ubiquity of trouble and trauma in Greco-Roman history justifies continuous comprehensive attention with a view to understanding pivotal events as public and/or private crises.… Klooster and Kuin, along with their contributors, adopt an appropriately modern approach to the concept.”

Hannah-Marie Chidwick in Classical Review

“This is a fine volume, well worth reading and as attractive for its insights into ancient communities as it is for the connections it inevitably stimulates with our own contemporary crises.”

Tedd Wimperis in Classical Journal Online

“The volume’s greatest strength is the quality of the individual contributions; every chapter is well-written and cogently argued, and they all make significant interventions in the specific topics they investigate… Another major contribution of the volume is that it is one of the opening salvos in what we might call an affective turn in the study of the ancient world. A key theme that many of the chapters touch on is that history functions as a site not just for critical engagement with the past but for emotional engagement with it as well… To summarize, Klooster and Kuin’s volume represents an important contribution to the study of classics and ancient history. As mentioned above, many of the individual chapters will become essential works in their particular subfields.”

Dominic Machado in Polis: The Journal for Ancient Greek and Roman Political Thought