A Companion to the Roman Empire (Blackwell Companions to the by David S. Potter

By David S. Potter

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

This better half brings jointly thirty unique essays guiding readers via Roman imperial heritage and the sphere of Roman studies.
Shows that Roman imperial background is a compelling and colourful subject.
Includes major new contributions to varied components of Roman imperial history.
Covers the social, highbrow, fiscal and cultural heritage of the Roman Empire.
Contains an in depth bibliography.

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By David S. Potter

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

This better half brings jointly thirty unique essays guiding readers via Roman imperial heritage and the sphere of Roman studies.
Shows that Roman imperial background is a compelling and colourful subject.
Includes major new contributions to varied components of Roman imperial history.
Covers the social, highbrow, fiscal and cultural heritage of the Roman Empire.
Contains an in depth bibliography.

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Forty percent of the men who entered the Senate could not rise to the praetorship After the praetorship, there was even greater attrition. A man of patrician standing might expect rapid preferment and a consulship; if he did not achieve this, there was a further ten-year gap before he could hope for the office that traditionally marked the culmination of a successful public life. Although Augustus had begun the practice of appointing replacement (suffect) consuls so that four men might attain the office in one year, a number that expanded to six by the time of Nero and seven under the Flavians, the majority of praetors would still never ascend so high.

In the English-speaking world, understanding of this point was vastly enhanced by the work of Glen Bowersock, whose wide ranging intellectual interests, extending from Classical Greece to the Islamic world, have helped shape debate on topics as diverse as the nature of Greek literature under Roman rule, the relationship between Hellenism and the Semitic world, and the interaction between paganism and Christianity. It is a corpus of work that shows the creative integration of many trends that have broadened the scope of Roman history.

The jurist Ulpian, who wrote a handbook on how to govern a province, quoted the emperor Septimius Severus as advising that a governor should not remain aloof from his subjects, but that he should be careful when taking gifts: neither everything, nor all the time, nor from everyone (D. 3). Ulpian elsewhere Introduction 17 stresses both that the governor is second only to the emperor in the province, and that he is constrained to respect his subjects in a wide range of official and semiofficial interactions.

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