“Imperial Romans” is one of many culture files featured in the eHRAF World Cultures database. In the Collection Description and Culture Summary sections of the Browse Culture menu, they are briefly described as follows:
The Imperial Romans period ranges over a time span of nearly 500 years, from 27 BC to 476 AD, with a primary focus on the city of Rome, and secondarily on the Roman Empire at the height of the Imperial period (first to second centuries AD). By the middle of the second century AD the Roman Empire had conquered most of the then known world – North Africa (Morocco, Egypt), Gaul, Spain, parts of Germany, Britain, Central Europe, and parts of western Asia. Government in the Empire was centered in the city of Rome under the emperor, his advisers and personal staff in the administration. At its height the Roman Empire consisted of approximately 40 provinces and an aggregate of cities and towns enjoying varying degrees of self government according to the status granted to each by the central government.
In the eHRAF World Cultures database, the ethnographic texts collected for the “file” about the Imperial Roman period are also indexed with subjects at the paragraph and page level. If the ethnographic texts are about apprenticeships, they may be indexed with HRAF-specific subjects such as Vocational Education (OCM 874) and Transmission of Knowledge (OCM 868). Vocational Education includes the following description:
Institutionalized vocational apprenticeship (e.g., skills thus taught, terms and conditions of apprenticeship); number and variety of educational institutions specialized for vocational training; general types (e.g., trade schools, correspondence schools, professional schools); special types (e.g., barber schools, secretarial schools, radio schools, police schools, social work schools, business schools, journalism schools, agricultural schools, military schools, art schools, norm al schools, engineering schools, divinity schools, law schools, medical schools, graduate schools); sources of support; administration; courses and curricula; degrees; facilities; etc.
Below is an image of a document results page for the searched topic: “apprenticeships in the Imperial Roman time period.” On the left is a list of searched documents, in the middle snippets of paragraphs with searched keywords, and on the right the OCM subjects which are based on the Outline of Cultural Materials.
In the online eHRAF databases, the OCM subjects can be found in Browse Subjects, used as “Add Subjects” in an eHRAF Advanced Search, or automatically mapped in a Basic Search.
Here is an example of how an Advanced Search might look like for finding information on apprenticeships in the ethnographic documents of the Imperial Romans.
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