By David S. Potter

A better half to the Roman Empire presents readers with a consultant either to Roman imperial historical past and to the sector of Roman reviews, taking account of the newest discoveries.

  • This significant other brings jointly thirty unique essays guiding readers via Roman imperial historical past and the sphere of Roman studies
  • Shows that Roman imperial background is a compelling and colourful subject
  • Includes major new contributions to numerous components of Roman imperial history

  • Covers the social, highbrow, fiscal and cultural historical past of the Roman Empire

  • Contains an intensive bibliography

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Indeed, Richlin’s ‘‘Kinsey’’ report on sexuality in the Roman world is a stunning antidote to many earlier approaches. Even a subject such as the Roman army, once almost a subdiscipline hermetically sealed off from all others in the field has now come, as Nigel Pollard shows, to offer a paradigm for social relations of all sorts. In addition to the stress on dynamic interaction, one theme that ties many of the chapters in this volume together, thereby differentiating it from what might have been done earlier, and will, perhaps, be done at another time, is that we have shifted from the study of dominance alone to the discourse of dominance and inferiority.

Once he had made an appointment he was expected to live up to it. To grant favors so far in advance would do precisely what Tiberius said it would do: it would enable people to take preferment for granted. As Gallus realized, the Augustan system meant that members of the aristocracy had to compete for the emperor’s favor in order to gain further office. The point of the Augustan creation of a host of new positions reserved only for senators of a certain rank was to transfer the arbitration of senatorial success from the Roman people to the emperor.

To the senatorial mind the holding of offices, if successfully accomplished, should necessarily entail imperial respect. The virtues of the senator were hard work and frugality. They earned their offices by working at the jobs that were necessary to learn their craft. There was something wrong if they did not. 2). 3). He admired Clodius Pompeianus, a man so respected by Marcus that he allowed him to marry his widowed daughter Lucilla, formerly wife of Marcus’ co-emperor, Lucius Verus. Even Commodus at his worst had to respect him.

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