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A Companion to the Flavian Age of Imperial Rome by Andrew Zissos

By Andrew Zissos

A significant other to the Flavian Age of Imperial Rome offers a scientific and finished exam of the political, financial, social, and cultural nuances of the Flavian Age (69–96 CE).

  • Includes contributions from over dozen Classical reviews students prepared into six thematic sections
  • Illustrates how monetary, social, and cultural forces interacted to create a number of social worlds inside a composite Roman empire
  • Concludes with a sequence of appendices that supply unique chronological and demographic info and an intensive thesaurus of terms
  • Examines the Flavian Age extra commonly and inclusively than ever prior to incorporating assurance of frequently ignored teams, corresponding to ladies and non-Romans in the Empire

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Rosso, Emmanuelle. 2010. ” In Des Rois au Prince. Pratiques du pouvoir monarchique dans l’Orient Hellenistique et Romain, edited by Ivana Savalli‐Lestrade and Isabelle Cogitore and Bernard Mineo, 165–91. Grenoble: Ellug. Salles, Catherine. 1994. La Rome des Flaviens. Paris: Perrin. Vagi, David L. 1999. Coinage and History of the Roman Empire, 82 bc – ad 380. Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn. Zissos, Andrew. 2003. ” In Flavian Rome: culture, image, text, edited by Anthony J. Boyle and William J. Dominik, 659–84.

In the early Empire, breaks in consistency were particularly prone to occur in the transition from one emperor to the next. Given that the Flavian Age saw three emperors in a mere 27 years, and that these three had very different ­personalities and faced very different circumstances upon accession, the question of ­continuities versus discontinuities inevitably arises. To begin with the former, all three Flavian emperors were great builders, and many of their architectural projects spanned more than one reign.

The Flavian Age represents a noteworthy pause in the advance of Hellenism, in the wake of the vigorous Hellenizing tendencies of Nero (Lana 1980, 42). As Adam Kemezis observes (CHAPTER 25, section 2), Nero “tried to redefine the role of emperor in terms of his version of Hellenic excellence,” whereas the Flavian emperors, though not hostile to Greek culture, largely confined themselves to promoting those aspects of it they saw as politically useful. Shortly after coming to power, Vespasian rescinded Nero’s grants of freedom, tax breaks and other special statuses to Greek cities – a measure which did little to endear him to that part of the empire.

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